Isaiah 4

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read Isaiah 4

Overview.

Verse 1 continues oracle against the people of Israel and Judah, describing disaster in Jerusalem. Because so many of Jerusalem’s men will die in war, those who remain will be sought by many women. Declined male population forces the women to seek desperate measures to survive themselves and to preserve themselves their self-respect.

Verses 2-6 proclaims a future vision of Jerusalem’s restoration by God. The branch of the Lord will restore the life in Jerusalem and its land, cleansing the bloodstains caused by judgement. The vision of restoration is described with the fire and cloud, symbolizing the presence of God that remembers their ancestor’s story in Exodus 13:21-22, and with the shelter, symbolizing the protection of God.

Reflection.

 1. What does God speak to you today in this chapter.

2.  What is the purpose of God’s judgement toward God’s people?

3. Close with silent prayer for two minutes.

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