Isaiah 3* The calamities about to come upon the land. (1-9) Thewickedness of the people. (10-15) The distress of the proud,luxurious women of Zion. (16-26)1-9 God was about to deprive Judah of every stay and support.The city and the land were to be made desolate, because theirwords and works had been rebellious against the Lord; even athis holy temple. If men do not stay themselves upon God, he willsoon remove all other supports, and then they must sink. Christis the Bread of life and the Water of life; if he be our Stay,we shall find that is a good part not to be taken away, #Joh6:27|. Here note, 1. That the condition of sinners isexceedingly woful. 2. It is the soul that is damaged by sin. 3.Whatever evil befals sinners, be sure that they bring it onthemselves. 10-15 The rule was certain; however there might be nationalprosperity or trouble, it would be well with the righteous andill with the wicked. Blessed be God, there is abundantencouragement to the righteous to trust in him, and for sinnersto repent and return to him. It was time for the Lord to showhis might. He will call men to a strict account for all thewealth and power intrusted to and abused by them. If it issinful to disregard the necessities of the poor, how odious andwicked a part do they act, who bring men into poverty, and thenoppress them! 16-26 The prophet reproves and warns the daughters of Zion ofthe sufferings coming upon them. Let them know that God noticesthe folly and vanity of proud women, even of their dress. Thepunishments threatened answered the sin. Loathsome diseasesoften are the just punishment of pride. It is not material toask what sort of ornaments they wore; many of these things, ifthey had not been in fashion, would have been ridiculed then asnow. Their fashions differed much from those of our times, buthuman nature is the same. Wasting time and money, to the neglectof piety, charity, and even of justice, displease the Lord. Manyprofessors at the present day, seem to think there is no harm inworldly finery; but were it not a great evil, would the HolySpirit have taught the prophet to expose it so fully? The Jewsbeing overcome, Jerusalem would be levelled with the ground;which is represented under the idea of a desolate female seatedupon the earth. And when the Romans had destroyed Jerusalem,they struck a medal, on which was represented a woman sitting onthe ground in a posture of grief. If sin be harboured within thewalls, lamentation and mourning are near the gates.
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