Isaiah 4:1–6 (NKJV)

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

In the last chapter, we saw that judgment would come upon women who were morally loose and promiscuous.  Here, we see the result of that judgment.  Women are clamoring for the covering of a man, and are willing to pay their own way just to assuage their guilt and erase their shame.  It is a time of desperation.

2 In that day the Branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious;
And the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and appealing
For those of Israel who have escaped.

Once judgment has been measured out, the land will repent and have an opportunity to be blessed again by their God.  The earth will flourish and Israel will be strong and fruitful.

3 And it shall come to pass that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy—everyone who is recorded among the living in Jerusalem. 4 When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and purged the blood of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning, 5 then the LORD will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night. For over all the glory there will be a covering. 6 And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.

God promises that upon the washing away of its filth and the purging of shed blood, Israel will again be the holy people of God.  He will appear above them as a cloud and smoke by day and a flaming fire by night.  This is reminiscent of the way God guided Israel through the wilderness on their exodus from Egypt.  He also promise a tabernacle for shade, refuge, and shelter from storms.

This chapter shows the beauty of redemption.  If any people turns to God in repentance, He will hear their prayers and will redeem them.  He will restore them and bless them mightily.  He will watch over them and protect them.  Wherever you are and whatever you are doing today, know that God has a better way.  Obedience to His will and submission to His plan will unlock the blessings of God in a powerful way.  Repent, and see the blessed hand of God open!

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