Mister and I have been reading through Isaiah in the evenings. More like he reads to me. A widower we know urged my husband after church to “read to your wife! It is never time wasted!”
Romans 10:17: “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ”…. it’s a very refreshing time.
Isaiah 4 is the latest installment.
“For seven women will 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 will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth will be the pride and the adornment of the survivors of Israel. It will come about that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy—everyone who is recorded for life in Jerusalem. When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and purged the bloodshed of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning, then the Lord will create over the whole area of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, even smoke, and the brightness of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory will be a canopy. There will be a shelter to give shade from the heat by day, and refuge and protection from the storm and the rain.”
According to Matthew Henry’s commentary on Isaiah, the first verse belongs to chapter 3. As for the rest… man, the Israelites hearing this prophecy must have felt such hope:
“By the judgment of God’s providence, sinners were destroyed and consumed; but by the Spirit of grace they are reformed and converted.
The Spirit herein acts as a Spirit of judgment, enlightening the mind, convincing the conscience; also as a Spirit of burning, quickening and strengthening the affections, and making men zealously affected in a good work. An ardent love to Christ and souls, and zeal against sin, will carry men on with resolution in endeavours to turn away ungodliness from Jacob.
Every affliction serves believers as a furnace, to purify them from dross; and the convincing, enlightening, and powerful influences of the Holy Spirit, gradually root out their lusts, and render them holy as He is holy.”
Mm. It fills me with gratefulness that I can even experience such hope and grace!
Makes me think of Isaac Watt’s magnificent hymn, “How Sweet and Awful is the Place”.
“While all our hearts and all our songs
Join to admire the feast,
Each of us cry, with thankful tongues,
“Lord, why was I a guest?
“Why was I made to hear Thy voice,
And enter while there’s room,
When thousands make a wretched choice,
And rather starve than come?”