“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 3, “Judgment On Jerusalem And Judah”

Christian Living

“Let Praises Rise,” Trey McLaughlin

Prophecy – A Message or Prediction (What Will Happen In The Future)  From God

Prophesy – To Foretell, Expound, And Interpret The Message From God

Prophet/Prophetess – God’s Spokesman (or, person), Divinely Called Minister  

Prophetic – To Speak From God’s Perspective of what will Happen In The Future 

Dross – Scum Skimmed From The Surface of Silver 

Idolatry – Worship Of/To Any Created Object or Person Instead of The True Creator, God.

“Judgment On Jerusalem And Judah,” Isaiah 3:1) For, Behold, The Lord, The Lord Of Hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay (supply) and the staff (support), the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water,  Leviticus 26:26; Ezekiel 14:13.  2) The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient,  3) The captain of fifty, and the honourable man, and the counsellor, and the cunning artificer (craftsman), and the eloquent orator.  4) And I Will Give Children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.  Ecclesiastes 10:16.  5) And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbour:  the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base (the lowest) against the honourable.  6) When a man shall take hold of his brother of the house of his father, saying, Thou hast clothing, be thou our ruler, and let this ruin be under thy hand.  7) In that day shall he swear, saying, I will not be an healer; for in my house is neither bread nor clothing:  make me not a ruler of the people.  8) For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen:  because their tongue and their doings are against The Lord, To Provoke The Eyes Of His Glory.  9) The shew of their countenance (look on their face) doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not.  Woe unto their soul!  for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.

Quest Study Bible – “What was Isaiah Predicting?”  v1, Some think Isaiah was referring to the series of Assyrian invasions culminating in the sacking of The Northern Kingdom of Israel in 722 B. C.  Others point to the Babylonian’s attack on Jerusalem and subsequent exile of The Southern Kingdom of Judah in 586 B. C.  “What was meant by child rulers?”  v4, 12, The thought of children or women ruling over them was unthinkable; it was an indication that their Jewish society would be in chaos and upheaval.  In a culture where men dominated the power structures, anything less would be sign of a devastated, ruined country.  Isaiah’s prediction may have also pointed to the future carnage of war:  if most of the men would be killed in battle, only children and women would be left to rule.  “Why would a cloak make someone a leader?”  v6, This graphic image underscored the devastation Isaiah Predicted for Israel.  He claimed that the nation would become so impoverished that anyone left with even a stitch of clothing would be considered privileged and thus a candidate for leadership.  “Of what, exactly, were the women guilty?”

 Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, God takes away Judah’s leaders through the sword and exile.  v2, 3, Judah’s administration was organized around warriors—mighty man, man of war, captain of fifty; sages—judge, elder, honorable man, counselor; religious mediums–prophet, diviner, enchanter; and craftsmen—artisan.  v4, Because of The Lord’s Judgment on Judah, the shrewd, ungodly leaders would be replaced by children and babes, meaning inexperienced and incompetent leaders.  v5, For every one to be oppressed by another describes a state of anarchy (disorder).  In such an upside down world, child insults the elder, the base ignores the honorable.  In His Judgment, The Lord has given over the wicked to their own evil ways.  v6, 7, During this period of deprivation, a man would qualify a man would qualify for leadership just by having clothing.  v8, 9, The People’s tongue and look betray their arrogance against God.  Judeans were parading their defiance against God just like the Sodomites.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-9, God was about to deprive Judah of every stay (supply) and support.  The city and the land were to be made desolate, because their words and works had been Rebellious Against The Lord Even At His Holy Temple.  If men do not stay themselves Upon God, He Will Soon Remove All Other Supports, and then they must sink.  Christ Is The Bread Of Life And The Water Of Life; If He Be Our Stay (Supply and Support), we shall find that is A Good Part Not To Be Taken Away, John 6:27.  Here note,  1.  That the condition of sinners is exceedingly woeful.  2. It is the soul that is damaged by sin.  3. Whatever evil befalls sinners, be sure that they bring it on themselves.

 

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