In That Day (Isaiah 4:1-6)
Don Johnson, April 11, 2012
The fourth chapter of Isaiah should probably be connected with chapter 3. It provides a conclusion and the second part of an inclusion that encompasses a prophecy begun in ch. 2. The prophecy focuses much of its attention on warnings of judgement, but this chapter tinges judgement with hope in the restoration that God promises. This restoration is a yet future phenomenon.
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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.”
2 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. 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. 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. (ESV)