Isaiah 4 (ESV)
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.”
As a result of the judgments of the LORD detailed in Isaiah 3:16-26, the daughters of Zion will have few men to choose from as husbands.
So many men shall fall by the sword (Isaiah 3:25), that seven women would chase after one man. They would be so desperate for marriage that they will not expect their husbands to provide for them at all (We will eat our own food and wear our own apparel).
The Branch of the Lord Glorified
2 In that day the branch of the Lord shall be beautiful and glorious,
This image is repeated in Isaiah 11:1 : There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
It is repeated in Jeremiah 23:5 : “Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; a King shall reign and prosper, and execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.”
It is repeated in Jeremiah 33:15 : In those days and at that time I will cause to grow up to David a Branch of righteousness; He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
It is repeated in Zechariah 3:8 : For behold, I am bringing forth My Servant the Branch.
The ideas behind the title Branch of the LORD are those of fruitfulness and life. Jesus used the same image when He said that He was the vine and we are the branches (John 15:5).
and the fruit of the land shall be the pride and honor of the survivors of Israel. 3 And he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, everyone who has been recorded for life in Jerusalem, 4 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.
“Sin is the excrement of the soul, the superfluity or garbage of naughtiness, the devil’s vomit. From this abominable filth Christ hath ‘loved and washed his with his own blood, that he may make them kings and priests unto God and his Father.’”
–John Trapp (1601-1669)
5 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. 6 There will be a booth for shade by day from the heat, and for a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain.
Surely these word pictures would bring to their minds stories of old, when their ancestors lived in the wilderness and worshiped in the Tabernacle, with God’s cloud of smoke and pillar of fire guiding them. The visible presence of God protected them then, and the Messiah — God with us — will come to bring peace again.
Yes, we want such a Lord and such a King! HERE is “Give Me Jesus,” sung by Jeremy Camp.
English Standard Version (ESV)
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