耶和華的苗

以賽亞書4:2  到那日,耶和華發生的苗必華美尊榮,地的出產必為以色列逃脫的人顯為榮華茂盛。

閱讀經文:以賽亞書4:1-6

1在那日,七個女人必拉住一個男人,說:「我們吃自己的食物,穿自己的衣服,但求你許我們歸你名下,求你除掉我們的羞恥!」

2到那日,耶和華發生的苗必華美尊榮,地的出產必為以色列逃脫的人顯為榮華茂盛。3主以公義的靈和焚燒的靈,將錫安女子的污穢洗去,又將耶路撒冷中殺人的血除淨。那時,剩在錫安留在耶路撒冷的,就是一切住耶路撒冷在生命冊上記名的,必稱為聖。5耶和華也必在錫安全山並各會眾以上,使白日有煙雲,黑夜有火焰的光,因為在全榮耀之上必有遮蔽。6必有亭子,白日可以得蔭避暑,也可以作為藏身之處,躲避狂風暴雨。

在這章經文裡,把以色列人的救恩講得何等清楚啊!以色列(包括猶大)原本該是滅亡的,她將會落到一個地步,七個女人拉住一個男人,因為她們沒有了男人的保護,沒有家,也沒有國。她們不在任何人的名下,也不屬於任何人。從現代人的眼光來看,一個女人沒有男人有什麼問題呢?她們可以自己去工作,賺錢,養活自己,甚至也像男人一樣穿起軍服,接受訓練去打仗,為何非要歸在男人名下才不羞恥?

Saved by the Branch

Hi GAMErs!

Today’s passage is Isaiah 4:1-6.  Let’s go!

Isaiah 4:1 (NIV)
1  In that day seven women will take hold of one man and say, “We will eat our own food and provide our own clothes; only let us be called by your name. Take away our disgrace!”

On verse 1:  Even though both verses 1-2 of chapter 4 both begin with the words “in that day”, verses 1 and 2 appear to be talking about two very different things.  Also, verse 1 of chapter 4 seems to continue the final verses of chapter 3 which describe the shame and desperation that the women of Judah would face when Jerusalem and Judah fall to the Babylonians.  For this reason it is best to group verse 1 of chapter 4 with the rest of chapter 3.

Keep in mind that Isaiah himself did not insert the chapter and verse references himself; rather these were added in later for convenience and general reference.  So the chapter and verse references can often, though not always, serve as a helpful guide, but they are not inspired the way we believe the actual Scriptures themselves are.