4 And seven women shall 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.”
The Branch of the Lord Glorified
In that day the branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be the pride and honor of the survivors of Israel. And he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, everyone who has been recorded for life in Jerusalem, when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and cleansed the bloodstains of Jerusalem from its midst by a spirit of judgment and by a spirit of burning. Then the LORD will create over the whole site of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, and smoke and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory there will be a canopy. There will be a booth for shade by day from the heat, and for a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain.
Isaiah 4 Commentary
by Hank Workman
“Sin is the excrement of the soul, the superfluity or garbage of naughtiness, the devil’s vomit. From this abominable filth Christ has ‘loved and washed His with His own blood, that He may make them kings and priests unto God and His Father.'”Trapp
“7 women will take hold of 1 man.” Crazy to consider the boldness of these words Isaiah spoke but he refers to the absolute judgment that has come upon Israel for their blatant disobedience. So many men will have fallen through this judgment, by the sword – husbands will be slim pickings to say the least. There’s more to this though than just this aspect. Let’s consider how women were looked upon in those days.
Sadly, they were looked upon as nothing more than the one who brought forth children and carried on the husband’s lineage. If the husband and wife loved each other, well that was a bonus I suppose. Marriages were arranged and not based upon a love more often than not. But also if a woman remained unmarried, besides placing her with a wary eye from the onlookers, she would be poor. A husband would provide the ‘tent’ over their heads so to speak so that they could live without begging.
However, as Isaiah states the judgement that comes is tangible, he speaks of hope. For even though the costliness of the people’s sin will almost burn through the city, God will restore. He will remove all the people’s disgrace. Cleansing will come. God WILL wash the sins away from the people. He will restore where most beautifully Isaiah speaks of a place of refuge, a shelter from the storm will be provided.
Sin absolutely annihilates. It destroys. Thanks be to God Jesus Christ has made a way for us to return to the Father through His new covenant of grace.
Isaiah 4 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
Isaiah 4:2 describes the Branch of the Lord.
The time is coming when the LORD will make every plant and tree in the land grow large and beautiful. All the people of Israel who survive will take delight and pride in the crops that the land produces.Isaiah 4:2 GNB
Similarly, Jeremiah and Zechariah write of the Branch – Jesus the Messiah – who will be beautiful, glorious, and bring forth spiritual fruit. This last part is important. Remember John 15 where Jesus speaks of this Himself?
In that day speaks of the future revelation of the glory of the Lord on the earth (Isa 2:2-4). The Branch of the LORD has the double sense of the earth yielding its fruit and of Christ yielding spiritual fruit (Isa 11:1-5; Jer 23:5; Zec 3:8; Joh 15:1-8). Because Christ humbled Himself, He will be crowned with glory (Isa 49:7; Isa 52:13; Isa 53:12; Php 2:9-11). beautiful and glorious: Together the words indicate “dazzling beauty.” The reign of Jesus the King of Creation will be marked by plenty. The earth will be released from its curse, producing all that God intended it to produce in the beginning.Nelson’s New Illustrated Commentary
It’s not just that He is the Branch. It’s not just that He’s glorious and beautiful. Through Him, our human depravity will supernaturally blossom and bring forth fruit. We will grow from Him, and fruit will follow from us. The critical reminder is that apart from the vine, the branch can do nothing. Absolutely nothing.
The question then becomes, are you connected to the True Vine?