Isaiah 3

Isaiah 3

Judgment on Judah and Jerusalem

  For behold, the Lord GOD of hosts
    is taking away from Jerusalem and from Judah
  support and supply,
    all support of bread,
    and all support of water;
  the mighty man and the soldier,
    the judge and the prophet,
    the diviner and the elder,
  the captain of fifty
    and the man of rank,
  the counselor and the skillful magician
    and the expert in charms.
  And I will make boys their princes,
    and infants shall rule over them.
  And the people will oppress one another,
    every one his fellow
    and every one his neighbor;
  the youth will be insolent to the elder,
    and the despised to the honorable.
  For a man will take hold of his brother
    in the house of his father, saying:
  “You have a cloak;
    you shall be our leader,
  and this heap of ruins
    shall be under your rule”;
  in that day he will speak out, saying:
  “I will not be a healer;
    in my house there is neither bread nor cloak;
  you shall not make me
    leader of the people.”
  For Jerusalem has stumbled,
    and Judah has fallen,
  because their speech and their deeds are against the LORD,
    defying his glorious presence.
  For the look on their faces bears witness against them;
    they proclaim their sin like Sodom;
    they do not hide it.
  Woe to them!
    For they have brought evil on themselves.
  Tell the righteous that it shall be well with them,
    for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds.
  Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him,
    for what his hands have dealt out shall be done to him.
  My people—infants are their oppressors,
    and women rule over them.
  O my people, your guides mislead you
    and they have swallowed up the course of your paths.
  The LORD has taken his place to contend;
    he stands to judge peoples.
  The LORD will enter into judgment
    with the elders and princes of his people:
  “It is you who have devoured the vineyard,
    the spoil of the poor is in your houses.
  What do you mean by crushing my people,
    by grinding the face of the poor?”
      declares the Lord GOD of hosts.
  The LORD said:
  Because the daughters of Zion are haughty
    and walk with outstretched necks,
    glancing wantonly with their eyes,
  mincing along as they go,
    tinkling with their feet,
  therefore the Lord will strike with a scab
    the heads of the daughters of Zion,
    and the LORD will lay bare their secret parts.

In that day the Lord will take away the finery of the anklets, the headbands, and the crescents; the pendants, the bracelets, and the scarves; the headdresses, the armlets, the sashes, the perfume boxes, and the amulets; the signet rings and nose rings; the festal robes, the mantles, the cloaks, and the handbags; the mirrors, the linen garments, the turbans, and the veils.

  Instead of perfume there will be rottenness;
    and instead of a belt, a rope;
  and instead of well-set hair, baldness;
    and instead of a rich robe, a skirt of sackcloth;
    and branding instead of beauty.
  Your men shall fall by the sword
    and your mighty men in battle.
  And her gates shall lament and mourn;
    empty, she shall sit on the ground.


Isaiah 3 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

Strong Christian leadership is important. Most likely during the time that Isaiah was writing this, the readers were under the leadership of King Uzziah. He was a wise and godly king, however, a time was coming when the nation would not have a strong spiritual leader. Isaiah predicts that leadership will be given to a younger generation without the necessary experience. They would be a generation who would turn against the wisdom of their forefathers.

This, in turn, would lead to a “me first” leadership mentality. Like a spoiled child, these leaders would make impulsive decisions without consulting the Lord. They would be driven by their own desires and not what was best for the nation, and would lead toward instant gratification instead of long-term obedience.

Does this happen today? Certainly. Leaders rise and fall in the church today based on their spiritual maturity. High moral character, humility, and self-sacrifice are all instrumental in forming great leaders. Many times the wisdom needed to lead is formed through countless trials and severe persecution. The ‘tough love’ development of gritty leaders cannot take place within our comfort zones.

What does that look like for you? Do you see your struggles as an opportunity to lead? When critical decisions arise, do you consider those who are around you? We cannot forge our leadership without letting Jesus chip away our old sinful flesh.

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