Isaiah 4

Isa 4:1  And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.

“And in that day…” – the days spoken of in the previous chapter.

“…seven women…” – the word used here is women, virgins is not used here

Those (people / churches) who were not faithful to the Truth (the Lord, Jesus) will want to attach themselves to (to be associated with) those righteous ones who have found acceptance with our Father and have kept to the Truth.  Seeking to have their reproach taken away, it is evident that they self identify as reproachful / unfaithful / illegitimate.

Isa 4:2  In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.

Those who placed their reliance on the Branch of the LORD (the Truth, Jesus) will be prominent and highly regarded in world full of inconsequential and petty pursuits.  The fruitfulness of the chosen people (the delivered of all Israel) shall be very evident, excellent, majestic, beautiful.

Isa 4:3  And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem:

left – (Shaw-ar) left, remain, reserve (not the same word as ‘remaineth’ used later in the verse but with a similar meaning)

Zion – conspicuous, guidepost, monument, waymark

remaineth – (yaw-thar) left behind, preserved, remain, reserve

Those who trust and remain in Christ (Truth), and they who seek the will of God shall be considered holy, even those among the preserved of Jerusalem all who are written in the book of life.

Isa 4:4  When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.

There will be among the Christians a purification and a washing away of their sins.  And among Jerusalem, there will be some whose bloody hands will be cleansed by Jesus.  And through trials and purification and testing and judgement, the elect of our Father will be delivered. For some, the trials and tribulations are what it will take to awaken them to the reality of the existence of God and the mercy He has on those who trust (faithe) in His Word.

Isa 4:5  And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence.

Mount Zion is the faithful Christians, the followers of Jesus who are not swept away in the distractions of the world.  All those who reside in Zion will be provided a covering and protection by day, and a guiding and warm Light by night.  And upon all the glory (fruitful ones) a defence (covering, canopy).

Isa 4:6  And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.

shadow – shade

heat – heat, drought, desolation

covert – refuge, concealing

storm –  storm, flood, overflowing, tempest

Those who cannot understand the Truth (or reject it) are in sleepy vanity.  They live what seems to be a comfortable and meaningful existence as they drift off into the distractions of this world and the pointlessness of it’s values.  But for those who seek reliable wisdom, our Father will always provide a resting place and protection for His people.

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All things which are of the world will pass, even the secularists understand this.  So ask yourself, “What value is there in life then?”  Well, what would God say is of value?  The things which never pass are of value.  God’s Word will never pass away. (Matthew 24:35)  God’s Word is Truth. (John 14:6)  Therefore, the Truth will never pass away.  Since the Truth will never pass away, then the Truth is valuable and also serves as a reliable foundation.  And according to God’s Word, actions that you take which are based upon His Word result in grace (unmerited favor).  Just so we’re clear, actions that you take based upon Truth (God’s Word) are not in vain but are recognized as valuable, because God recognizes His Word as valuable and True.  What better way to please our Father that to seek the Truth of His Word.

Read Luke 11.  That is God’s Word!  Take the advice of those passages and pray for understanding of His Word and act on that prayer by continuing to read His Word and seeking understanding of it.  If you do that, that is an act of Faith.  And with Faith comes Grace.  Pray for a quickened spirit and spread the Truth to your brothers and sisters who are stranded in the darkness.  The Truth is eternal.  Help guide someone to it to the extent you are able.  You’ll have a companion forever along with anyone that they may be able to reach.

Seek Truth

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