More Moments About Isaiah 3-4

Denise J. Hughes

Whenever we are immersed in deep suffering and we feel like we just might be drowning, sometimes that is all we can see. It is natural for us to zoom in on the extreme pain of the moment. I know I have been there.

This is why it is so important for us to read Scripture with an eye for God's timeline and not our own. Just as Isaiah 2:2 and 4:2 flash forward to a future day in Jerusalem, when Christ has returned to set up His eternal reign, so also Isaiah 4:5-6 flashes backward:

"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 4:5-6).

While still referencing a future day in Jerusalem, Isaiah uses familiar imagery from Israel's past when God led His people with a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. God not only guided His people with the pillars of cloud and fire (Exodus 13:21), He also acted as a shield with those pillars, protecting His people from their enemies. (Exodus 14:19-20)

When God's people heard Isaiah mention the pillars of cloud and fire, they could remember the stories their grandparents had passed down through the generations, and they could remember how their great and mighty God could overcome any army and any threat. While their moment in time was certainly very dim, it would not be the end.

In the same way, when we are struggling with difficult circumstances, we can look to God's timeline and know that He is still in control, even if we can't understand it all yet.

Major Moment: Isaiah 3: God judges the depravity and vanity of His people. Isaiah 4: The Branch of the Lord will be glorious.

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