You certainly get a good picture of just how difficult it will be when Judah will face God’s wrath.
Today, I’m looking at one of the prophesies of Isaiah. In chapters 3 and 4, Isaiah pronounces God’s judgement against Judah. When we study the Bible history of Judah, we know that in about one hundred years of this prophesy, Judah will in fact be destroyed by the Babylonians. You can read God’s judgement in these two chapters for yourself, but let me just point to a few things that may be helpful. Following the death of King Josiah, Judah had a series of weak, young princes rising to the throne. Isaiah wrote God’s warning: “I will make boys their officials; mere children will govern them…” (Isaiah 3: 4). No one will want to be the leader: “A man will seize one of his brothers at his father’s home, and say, ‘you have a cloak, you be our leader; take charge of this heap of ruins!’” (Isaiah 3: 6) That ‘heap of ruins’ probably refers to Jerusalem.
“Jerusalem staggers, Judah is falling; their words and deeds are against them; they parade their sins like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves. Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds. Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them! They will be paid back for what they have done.” (Isaiah 3: 8-11) Keep reading Isaiah 3. God’s judgement is severe and sure. In verse 17, in the KJV, we read, ‘…discover their secret parts.” This means naked. In ancient days, making your captured enemy march naked was common practice. In verse 24, in the KJV it says there will be “…burning instead of beauty.” Remember all that Esther went through to prepare herself for the king? (Esther 2) That is beautiful skin as opposed to the sunburned skin referred to in Isaiah. Talking of Judah in verse 26 of chapter 3 it says, “…she will sit on the ground.” This denotes deep distress! (See Lamentations 2: 10). At the beginning of Isaiah 4, we get a continuations of the distress of those days. “…seven women will take hold of one man.” This gives us an idea that men will die in battle with few survivors.
You certainly get a good picture in these two chapters of Isaiah of just how difficult it will be when Judah will face God’s wrath. But, then we get a shift in the prophesy at the end of chapter 4. We read about the Messianic Age to come. “In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of the survivors of Israel.” (Isaiah 4: 2) ‘The Branch of the Lord’ can only mean on thing—The Messiah. (See Zechariah 3: 8, Jeremiah 23: 5, etc.) “The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; He will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire.” (Isaiah 4: 4) This speaks of the fire of God’s wrath where the evil will be separated from the righteous. (See Ezekiel 22: 18-22 and Malachi 3: 2-3) In Isaiah 4: 5 we read, “Then the Lord will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming by night;…” This reminds us of how God guided and protected the people during the exodus from Egypt. I love to read the Word of God. And here we get a picture of God’s judgment followed by redemption.
About The Author
Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Dan is a graduate of Otterbein College (now University). He graduated with a degree in education. From time to time Dan still substitute teaches. His interest in history led him to investigate the historical accuracy of the Bible. This, in turn, led to a full investigation of Apologetics.