Isaiah 3 Commentary

Isaiah 3 Commentary

The first section seems to give the impression that abundance is always a special gift from the LORD. Because of Judah’s sinfulness, the LORD threatens to withdraw both supply and support; justice and the means of justice; victory and the tools used to achieve victory; guidance and its providers; both leadership and the potential providers of leadership.

The mention of children leaders in place of competent adult leadership is meant to underline the curse of ungodliness. Yes, there will be leadership but not the right kind. We can reflect on the loss of the blessing of dominion as a consequence of Adam’s sin in the Garden of peace and tranquility. Men won’t just have it.

This is a wholesale condemnation of a people, inclusively. But then the LORD makes an all-important statement: “Tell the righteous it will be well with them.” Is the LORD discriminating His own from them – them the wicked? It is a soothing message in the midst of wholesale judgment.

The women of Zion are haughty. But the time comes when the LORD brings it all to nothing. What we feel is great life isn’t great at all. It comes at a huge cost.

Again, the New Testament saint sits in a privileged position because we can look back at the many times when Jerusalem was scattered. When men gather to sin, the LORD moves in and scatters. The Creator God won’t allow sinfulness in His world. The timing of everything is determined by the Creator God.

The saint takes encouragement while the world is warned.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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