Verse 1 – For behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, takes away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stock and the store (every support), the supply of water;
Verse 2 – The mighty man and the man of war, the judge and the prophet, and the diviner and the elder;
Verse 3 – The captain of fifty and the honorable man, the counselor and the skillful artisan, and the expert enchanter.
There are lessons to learn in these verses for us today. Since the Jews had started trusting and placing their security in everything except God, He was about to remove, “It all!”
Verse 4 – “I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.
Verse 5 – The people will be oppressed, every one by another and every one by his neighbor; the child will be insolent toward the elder, and the base toward the honorable.”
The leaders were removed and young rulers took over who were cruel and inexperienced. This was accomplished, until the time of Zedekiah, the last of them, when the temple was taken by Nebuchadnezzar.
Verse 6 – When a man takes hold of his brother in the house of his father, saying, “You have clothing; you be our ruler, and let these ruins be under your hand,”
Verse 7 – In that day he will protest, saying, “I cannot cure your ills, for in my house is neither food nor clothing; do not make me ruler of the people.”
Verse 8 – For Jerusalem stumbled, and Judah is fallen, because their tongue and their doings are against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of His glory.
“In the eyes of His glory”, is a Hebrew expression to denote a quick expression of anger or indignation. You can tell in a persons eyes what they are feeling quicker than any other expression in our countenance.
Verse 9 – The look on their countenance witness against them, and they declare their sin as Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to their soul! For they have brought evil upon themselves.
Again, God compares Judah to Sodom. They flaunted their wickedness. They were unashamed and un repentant. Reminds me of our political leaders today. They can be caught red-handed stealing, lying, authorizing the funding of killing babies, and just about any despicable thing, and there is no shame.
Verse 10 – “Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their doing.
Verse 11 – Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, for the reward of his hands shall be given him.
God gives hope to the righteous in the midst of this gloomy message. We see the wicked proper and go unpunished for so long, but there is coming a day when all things will line up the way, God’s way says it’s supposed to be.
Verse 12 – As for My people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err, and destroy the way of your paths.”
Verse 13 – The Lord stands up to plead, and stands to judge the people.
Verse 14 – The Lord will enter into judgment with the elders of His people and His princes: “For you have eaten up the vineyard; the plunder of the poor is in your houses.
The elders and leaders were responsible to help people, but instead they stole from the poor and because of this injustice, Isaiah said they were going to be the first to receive God’s judgment.
Verse 15 – What do you mean by crushing My people and grinding the faces of the poor?” Says the Lord God of hosts.
Verse 16 – Moreover the Lord says: “Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with outstretched necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, making a jingling with their feet,
Verse 17 – Therefore the Lord will strike with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will uncover their secret parts.”
The women of Judah had placed their emphasis on clothing and jewelry rather than God. They dressed to be noticed. Instead of being concerned about the oppression around them, they were self-centered and self-serving.
When God blesses us with material things, we are not to flaunt it, while ignoring the needs around us. Judah was about to be invaded, so God said even their fancy garments would be plundered.
Verse 18 – In that day the Lord will take away the finery; the jingling anklets, the scarves, and the crescents (headbands);
Verse 19 – The pendants, the bracelets, and the veils;
Verse 20 – The headdresses, the leg ornaments, and the headbands; the perfume boxes, the charms,
Verse 21 – and the rings; the nose jewels,
Verse 22 – the festal apparel, and the mantles, the outer garments, the purses,
Verse 23 – and the mirrors; the fine linen, the turbans, and the robes.
Verse 24 – And so it shall be: Instead of a sweet smell there will be a stench; instead of a sash, a rope; instead of well-set hair, baldness, instead of rich robe, a girding of sackcloth; and branding instead of beauty.
Here’s the ironic thing I found: They have a prophet from God right in front of them, giving a warning of what’s about to happen and still they are rebellious and won’t turn back to God. Take heed, God gives all kinds of warnings and signs that something is about to happen when people continue in rebellion.
Verse 25 – Your men shall fall by the sword, and your mighty in the war.
Verse 26 – Her gates shall lament and mourn, and she being desolate shall sit on the ground.
Isaiah was telling them that the men’s population was about to be reduced dramatically in Jerusalem due to the war that was coming. Women in those days were reduced to begging on the streets, for those without husbands.
The city gates, where the merchants would enter, will only have women now sitting and mourning the loss of their husbands.