The Day of Cleansing

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    Daily Reading: Isaiah 4

    A short chapter today, but very powerful. In chapter 3 Isaiah told some of the destruction that would come because of the disobedience of the children of Israel. Israel were the people of God, yet they were no longer following Him and they were living very unrighteous lives. The first verse of chapter 4 is a continuation of that description. He describes a day in Israel when seven women will want to be married to one man...not because of love or for him to provide...but simply to take away the reproach of being unmarried.

    Verse 2 transitions into what Israel will be like after the sweeping judgment. The only ones left will be the righteous. Israel will once again be appealing to the people of God and God will make it a pleasant place for His faithful remnant.

    Living in a wicked world we sometimes forget who is really in control. God is in control and always has been. Many rebel against the authority of God and His power, yet just as for Israel we will one day face a day of reckoning. That day will be a very appealing and desired day for the righteous. That day will be when the unrighteousness, filth, and evil is cleansed and all that remains will be the small, faithful, holy remnant of God. Are you ready for that day?

    [Isaiah 4:1] And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, “We will eat our own food and wear our own apparel;Only let us be called by your name,To take away our reproach.”The Renewal of Zion
    [2] In that day the Branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious;And the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and appealing for those of Israel who have escaped.
    [3] And it shall come to pass that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy—everyone who is recorded among the living in Jerusalem.
    [4] When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and purged the blood of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning,
    [5] then the LORD will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night. For over all the glory there will be a covering.
    [6] And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain."