Isaiah Chapter Three, God's Judgment...

In our study of Isaiah chapter three, we look at the effects of rebellion against the leadership of God. This chapter reminds us of what life is like when we turn our backs on God and go our own way.

Isaiah 3:1 - 3

"See now, the Lord, the Lord Almighty, is about to take from Jerusalem and Judah both supply and support; all supplies of food and all supplies of water, the hero and warrior, the judge and prophet, the soothsayer and elder, the captain of fifty and man of rank, the counselor, skilled craftsman and clever enchanter." NIV translation

In chapter two of the book of Isaiah, we saw how God's people chose to worship the things that they had made and to turn their back on God. Now, Isaiah starts to describe God's answer to this rebellion. The people had forgotten that it was God who sustained them and now they were going to see the effects. Isaiah was basically telling the people that, since they wanted to run their own lives, they were on their own. The same is true of us today as most people are going around ignoring the fact that God created all things and not allowing God to lead them.

Isaiah 3:4-7

"I will make boys their officials; mere children will govern them. People will oppress each other- man against man, neighbor against neighbor. The young will rise up against the old, the base against the honorable. A man will seize one of his brothers at his father's home, and say, 'You have a cloak, you be our leader; take charge of this heap of ruins!' But in that day he will cry out, ' I have no remedy. I have no food or clothing in my house; do not make me the leader of the people.'" NIV translation

Isaiah describes the nation after God removes his favor from them. It is a time when people without wisdom (children) lead them. They will search for a leader to get them out of their situation but no man can do so. It sounds very similar to our situation in the world today. Each election cycle, the people search for hope in another man and his promises but, in the end, nothing will change until the hearts of the people turn back to God and his ways.

Isaiah 3:8 & 9

"Jerusalem staggers, Judah is falling; their words and deeds are against the Lord, defying his glorious presence. The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves." NIV translation

Isaiah describes how the people are denying God and are unashamed. Disaster has come upon them and yet they do not repent and turn back to God. They do not even try to hide their rebellion and so God's judgment is coming. The same description would apply to most countries in the world today as it seems everyone has turned their back on God and his commands. Many openly mock the word of God and laws are made approving sinful conduct.