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Isaiah 4

INTRODUCTION TO ISAIAH CHAPTER 4

With the death toll in the millions and the main populace sold into slavery a few surviving women are desperate to have a child so they are willing to practice polygamy.  God blesses the land and it is filled with fruit for the escaped of Israel and their names are recorded among the living and God purifies them and they are called the holy people.  God is visible by fire at night and a cloud in the day to make his presence known to the escapees.

EXPOSITION TO ISAIAH CHAPTER 4

1And 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.

War had taken its toll on the population ─90% of the people had been killed and most of the male population was decimated, women suffered the awful disgrace of being widows and childless.  Seven women tell one man that they will furnish their own food and clothing if he would allow the children born from her to bear his name.  They want him to make them pregnant so as to take away their reproach.

CROSS REFERENCE SCRIPTURES

THAT MAKE THE CASE:

Gen 30:23  And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach: Read: Isa 17:7; Isa 10:21; Isa 10:20

2In 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.

Isaiah sees the escapees from the war once again enjoying the fruit of the land.  The survivors will gather in the crops and there will be an abundance of harvest.

CROSS REFERENCE SCRIPTURES

THAT MAKE THE CASE:

Isa 60:21-22  Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.  A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time.  Read: Psa 85:11; Psa 85:12; Psa 85:13

  3And 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:

This is the remnant who has survived the war and God reclassifies them as holy.  Their names are on the register of survivors from the city’s purging.

4When 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.

God washes away the moral filth of the survivors and purges the blood guilt of Jerusalem he does it with a devastating blast of searing judgment.

CROSS REFERENCE SCRIPTURES

THAT INDORSE THE TEXT:

Eze 16:6-9  And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live.  I have caused thee to multiply as the bud of the field, and thou hast increased and waxen great, and thou art come to excellent ornaments: thy breasts are fashioned, and thine hair is grown, whereas thou wast naked and bare.  Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine.  Then washed I thee with water; yea, I throughly washed away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with oil. Read: Eze 36:29

5And 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.

The ancient pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night will reappear to reassure the remnant of his protective presence.

CROSS REFERENCE SCRIPTURES

THAT LEND EVIDENCE TO THE TEXT:

Exo 14:19And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:  Read:  Isa 33:20

  6And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the day time from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.

Isaiah assures the remnant that survive that there is a place of refuge and protection to the righteous.

CROSS REFERENCE SCRIPTURES

THAT DEMONSTRATE THE TEXT:

Psa 27:5  For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

Psa 121:5-6  The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.  The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. Read:  Exo 40:34-38

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