Daily Devotional Sunday 3rd July 2022

by William Moody

Isaiah 3–4

Judgment on Judah and Jerusalem

3:1   For behold, the Lord GOD of hosts
    is taking away from Jerusalem and from Judah
  support and supply,1
    all support of bread,
    and all support of water;
  the mighty man and the soldier,
    the judge and the prophet,
    the diviner and the elder,
  the captain of fifty
    and the man of rank,
  the counselor and the skillful magician
    and the expert in charms.
  And I will make boys their princes,
    and infants2 shall rule over them.
  And the people will oppress one another,
    every one his fellow
    and every one his neighbor;
  the youth will be insolent to the elder,
    and the despised to the honorable.
  For a man will take hold of his brother
    in the house of his father, saying:
  “You have a cloak;
    you shall be our leader,
  and this heap of ruins
    shall be under your rule”;
  in that day he will speak out, saying:
  “I will not be a healer;3
    in my house there is neither bread nor cloak;
  you shall not make me
    leader of the people.”
  For Jerusalem has stumbled,
    and Judah has fallen,
  because their speech and their deeds are against the LORD,
    defying his glorious presence.4
  For the look on their faces bears witness against them;
    they proclaim their sin like Sodom;
    they do not hide it.
  Woe to them!
    For they have brought evil on themselves.
10   Tell the righteous that it shall be well with them,
    for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds.
11   Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him,
    for what his hands have dealt out shall be done to him.
12   My people—infants are their oppressors,
    and women rule over them.
  O my people, your guides mislead you
    and they have swallowed up5 the course of your paths.
13   The LORD has taken his place to contend;
    he stands to judge peoples.
14   The LORD will enter into judgment
    with the elders and princes of his people:
  “It is you who have devoured6 the vineyard,
    the spoil of the poor is in your houses.
15   What do you mean by crushing my people,
    by grinding the face of the poor?”
      declares the Lord GOD of hosts.
16   The LORD said:
  Because the daughters of Zion are haughty
    and walk with outstretched necks,
    glancing wantonly with their eyes,
  mincing along as they go,
    tinkling with their feet,
17   therefore the Lord will strike with a scab
    the heads of the daughters of Zion,
    and the LORD will lay bare their secret parts.

18 In that day the Lord will take away the finery of the anklets, the headbands, and the crescents; 19 the pendants, the bracelets, and the scarves; 20 the headdresses, the armlets, the sashes, the perfume boxes, and the amulets; 21 the signet rings and nose rings; 22 the festal robes, the mantles, the cloaks, and the handbags; 23 the mirrors, the linen garments, the turbans, and the veils.

24   Instead of perfume there will be rottenness;
    and instead of a belt, a rope;
  and instead of well-set hair, baldness;
    and instead of a rich robe, a skirt of sackcloth;
    and branding instead of beauty.
25   Your men shall fall by the sword
    and your mighty men in battle.
26   And her gates shall lament and mourn;
    empty, she shall sit on the ground.

4:1 And seven women shall take hold of one man in that day, saying, “We will eat our own bread and wear our own clothes, only let us be called by your name; take away our reproach.”

The Branch of the Lord Glorified

In that day the branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be the pride and honor of the survivors of Israel. And he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, everyone who has been recorded for life in Jerusalem, when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and cleansed the bloodstains of Jerusalem from its midst by a spirit of judgment and by a spirit of burning.7 Then the LORD will create over the whole site of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, and smoke and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory there will be a canopy. There will be a booth for shade by day from the heat, and for a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain.

Footnotes

[1] 3:1 Hebrew staff
[2] 3:4 Or caprice
[3] 3:7 Hebrew binder of wounds
[4] 3:8 Hebrew the eyes of his glory
[5] 3:12 Or they have confused
[6] 3:14 Or grazed over; compare Exodus 22:5
[7] 4:4 Or purging

(ESV)

God was taking away from Jerusalem and Judah ‘support and supply’ (v1. Also, God in judgment was taking away was their leadership (v2-3). Instead the Lord will raise up children to lead, but this will not be a good thing (v4-5). There is a desperation among the people regarding leadership (v6) and it is something not all want (v7). Pray for good leadership in the church.

Isaiah highlights the sin that is bringing God’s judgment (v8-11). Their sin was against God and brazen (v8-9). Sin brings consequences (v10-11).

Isaiah returns to the theme of leadership (v12-15). Youths and women are mentioned in leadership and not in a positive way (v12). They have come to leadership because of the failure of adult men in leadership (v13-15).

The women of Jerusalem are singled out for how they live with a desire to draw undue attention on themselves (v16). In judgment the Lord will strike them and take away that which they take pride in (v17-24). God’s judgment means these women will not have supportive husbands (3v25, 4v1)

This section on judgment is followed by a section pointing to hope (4 v2-6). The branch of the Lord would be a beautiful and glorious descendant of King David (11 v1). This branch will bring good fruit (v2) and bring holiness and cleansing among God’s people (v3-4) and God will be their protection (v5-6).

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