Isa 3:1 For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water,
The message continues about/against Judah and Jerusalem.
God is taking away those things which Jerusalem and Judah need to keep themselves propped up, their support, that which sustains them.
Isa 3:2-3 The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient, 3 The captain of fifty, and the honourable man, and the counsellor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator.
God will take away from them the wisest, most capable, competent and strongest among them.
Isa 3:4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.
Instead of being shepherded, the sheep must bear the load of the immature and self-serving ‘leaders’.
Children and babes are self concerned and actually require caretakers to sustain them and their lifestyles. Sounds just like the leaders we have today, immature, full of themselves and creating a great load for the sheep to bear.
Isa 3:5 And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable.
The oppression is at the hands of not only the leaders but even their fellow neighbors.
When people don’t support themselves, you must become their support or allow them to suffer for lack of their own efforts to thrive. The leaders themselves are the same self-serving types that won’t support themselves and expect others to do so. They themselves often come from that same class. They create laws that force the honorable of the land to bear the load of those who refuse to contribute the minimal effort. This creates a base of support amongst the freeloaders. What an accurate description our situation in the land today. You’d be hard pressed to better describe America’s current leadership and situation.
Isa 3:6 When a man shall take hold of his brother of the house of his father, saying, Thou hast clothing, be thou our ruler, and let this ruin be under thy hand:
clothing – wrapper, mantle, covering garment, garments, clothes, raiment, a cloth
The unaccountable ones will want those who maintain a state of preparedness to remedy all of their ills. They want others to take on the responsibilities necessary for their survival/well being. People in general place their trust in their fellow men (brothers) and not their Father in heaven to lean upon for their support. This is no less true in the churches today. They assign the pastor/minister to lead them and be responsible for their well being. They don’t even seek their obvious Father who created them for their needs.
Isa 3:7-8 In that day shall he swear, saying, I will not be an healer; for in my house is neither bread nor clothing: make me not a ruler of the people. 8 For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of his glory.
The whole house is made empty by their actions (or lack thereof). Even the usually reliable sources are depleted after a time. This is a condition which cannot be repaired with material provisions anyway since the cause which created it is not a material cause but rather failure of character and morals, a failure of Faith. God’s people are become repulsive to His eyes of and don’t represent His glory among people.
Isa 3:9 The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.
Their own appearance, their looks and actions, define their condition in the same manner as Sodom made their evil obvious to all with eyes to see and ears to hear. With awareness, they recompense themselves with evil just as Ferguson and Gomorrah.
Isa 3:10-11 Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. 11 Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.
Even in the bad times of the kingdom of Judah, God recognizes and protects the faithful among His people. The wicked are going to receive even that wickedness which they dealt out. Righteous and wicked, each reaping what they have sown.
Isa 3:12 As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.
children – sucklings, little ones
Those who should be led are instead occupying the roles of leadership.
People whose characteristics are those of children and women are placed in roles of authority. Their administration results in the actual destruction/outright intolerance of the very things which might set them back on path. Children and women are led by their desires, what seems right to the heart.
Isa 3:13 The LORD standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people.
standeth up -(nâtsab) to stand, take a stand, establish
plead – to strive, contend, contend against
standeth – (âmad) stand, remain, endure, take a stand
Isa 3:14-15 The LORD will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people, and the princes thereof: for ye have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses. 5 What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord GOD of hosts.
ancients – old, elders, those having authority
The abundance of the blessings of the vineyard of God have been ‘redistributed’ into the store houses of the oppressors. Again, they are self adsorbed, self-worshiping, self-serving people. How do they intend for God to interpret there spoiling of the people. What is the message that they are delivering to He who created the universe and all living creatures within it? Why do you find it necessary to thresh the people and grind the spirit out of them? Justify the purpose in this!
Isa 3:16 Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet:
Also, the attitudes of the people of Israel are as of seekers seeking the desire of their eyes while holding themselves in great esteem and expecting more than what they merit receiving. They put forth quite the exterior display.
Isa 3:17 Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will discover their secret parts. 8 In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon, 19 The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers, 20 The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings, 21 The rings, and nose jewels, 22 The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins, 23 The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the vails. 24 And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty.
discover – empty, pour out, uncover
bravery – beauty, bravery, majesty
tinkling ornaments – fetters, anklets
caul – interweaving, netting (for the hair)
tire – round pendant, ornament about the neck
muffler – long veil
tablets – hangings?
wimples – wide cloaks
glasses – mirrors
rent – rope
stomacher – fanciful dress?
burning – brand, scar
They will get to measure their standing without God’s support, without all of their blessings and their coverings, without the hedge of God about them. Instead of the appearance of honor and justice, the will have the appearance of a woman who has been abused.
Isa 3:25 Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war. 26 And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she being desolate shall sit upon the ground.
Without the hand of God in their favor, they will lose their vineyard, their land. The nations will take advantage of open defenses and Israel will face war. They’ll waste their men in battle and be at the mercy of other nations and other kings.
Again, the faith of the people is misplaced (in worldly things and in men) and the patience of our Father is nearing an end.
Israel was conquered and taken into captivity in Assyria and Judah and Jerusalem were conquered and carried into captivity in Assyria and Babylon. A period of servitude is just what they bargained for all along.
Place your faith in God and you will receive what is in the will of God. Place your faith in men and you will receive whatever their will is for you. The smooth talking ‘bait and switch’ artists that lead our world today are placing an ever increasing demand upon the people just as warned against by prophecy. Soon enough they will have substantially accomplished the redistribution of wealth into the houses of the oppressors (themselves) and freeloaders/wards of the state (again, themselves).
Yes, this prophecy is directed at Jerusalem and the House of Judah in the days of Isaiah, but I think the prophecy is equally valid, if not more so for Israel today and the world in general.