In that day seven women will take hold of one man and say, “We will eat our own food and provide our own clothes; only let us be called by your name. Take away our disgrace!”
In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of the survivors in Israel. Those who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, will be called holy, all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem. The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; he will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire. Then the Lord will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over everything the glory will be a canopy. It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.
Here we are at one of the shortest chapters in Isaiah (Chapter 20 is also divided into 6 verses), and we also have a prophecy of the coming Messiah here.
The beginning of this chapter shows the consequences of the last chapter, specifically the men killed during the siege, and the disgrace of the women who once were called beautiful.
I remember a number of years ago when news from China came out that the one child policy of the government meant that more boys than girls were born. And now that the majority of that generation has grown up, there’s a real problem for the young men looking for wives. Similarly it used to be that remote places like Alaska had more men than women, which could go well for women willing to go there lol. But as we see here, there is no laughing matter as the women plead for a ‘name’ even if they have to share it among numerous other women. During a time of war where many men fell, others led into captivity, and the women being degraded, it must have been desperate times. To have a ‘husband’ even in name only would have been a little less hardship and shame.
But as usual, after the destruction, comes the promise. And what a promise here! While Jerusalem and the surrounding areas were devastated and almost laid to complete ruin, the promised Messiah will come, and those who remained (that remnant) will be called Holy. The Messiah will have a Gospel to share, and the fruit will be glorious. He will cleanse the city, and the people by the Holy Spirit, by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire, and build His tabernacle there, as in the days of Moses in the Wilderness. His Glory, shelter, and refuge for all who dwell therein.
God always provides, and He always blessed after cleansing. He is a whole healing God. He is an Awesome God!
Have a blessed day all!