Isaiah 4 (Listen)

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.”

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. 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.


And he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, everyone  who has been recorded for life in Jerusalem. (Isaiah 4:3)

God’s message of judgment against His people from Isaiah 2 and 3 continues into Isaiah 4:1. And we see a picture of what this judgment will look like: seven women will take hold of one man asking him to care for them. Why? Because God’s judgment on the rebellion of His people has left many families without husbands and fathers. But we see an abrupt change in Isaiah’s message starting in verse 2. Not all have rebelled against God! Some have loved and honored Him. These faithful ones will experience God’s blessings. In a world where we see daily evidence of rebellion against God, may we be among those called holy — not because we are perfect, but because we desire to love and honor our God.