January 3, 2016

Isaiah 4:1-6

Chapter 4 begins with a reference to the preceding verses in 3:16-26 where we find many of the men of Jerusalem died in the process of defending the city. This resulted in a shortage of men which explains 4:1. It was a reproach for a Jewish woman to be barren, so an appeal was made for a man to give them his name and let them bear his children. This was the result of God’s judgment on Judah and Jerusalem. God’s grace becomes evident in 4:2 where we learn of the renewal of Zion when God wipes away the sin of his people. This remnant will be sanctified and the glory of the Lord will return.

There appear to be many parallels in the book of Isaiah between Judah, Jerusalem, and our own nation. As we move through the study of this powerful book, I encourage you to take notice of the many sins of God’s people in their day and observe how our present society is guilty of many of the same sins. Like Judah, we need revival among the people of God in our time.

Isaiah undoubtedly was a great prophet of God, worthy of honor. It is important, however, to also remember he was but a man. The late Dr. W. A. Criswell, a prince of preachers in my opinion, once said, “The greatest of men are only men at their greatest.” There is only One who is worthy of all honor, glory and praise, the One before whom every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.