-In the first section of this chapter God is promising a removal of water and bread from Jerusalem and Judah and the prominent men of the society (listed are mighty men, warriors, judges, prophets, diviner, elders, captains, the honorable men, the counselor, artist experts, skillful enchanters). The young will at that time take over and the inferior will rule in the chaos and confusion of God’s judgment. “For Jerusalem has stumbled and Judah has fallen, because their speech and their actions are against the LORD, to rebel against His glorious presence.” They wear their sin outwardly from an inward depraved heart. They do not even conceal their junk. Woe is pronounced upon them by the LORD and His prophet for the pain they are bringing upon themselves (Isaiah 3:1-9, 12).
-God clarifies His justice in verse 10 by stating that for the righteous it will go well for them. What a comfort this verse is for those who follow the Savior and His ways. These will “eat the fruit of their actions.” On the other side, the wicked will have a difficult time and will get exactly what they deserve (Isaiah 3:10-11). *Application* The principle of sowing and reaping applies just as much to today as it did when Isaiah wrote this word from the LORD. Be sure your sins will find you out (Numbers 32:23), and rest assured that your labor in the LORD by faith is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).
-God’s judgment language continues in the second half of the chapter as He arises to contend for His prestige with His people. He has a big problem with their crushing of their insubordinates in the vineyards and in the houses of the poor. Moreover, He rails on the pride of the daughters of Zion who lead with seductive eyes, mincing steps, and elaborate exterior ornamentation. The LORD guarantees to afflict their looks and take away their beauty through various methods, and their mighty men will fall by the sword in battle. These haughty and sexually promiscuous daughters of Zion will lament and mourn for their woe is great (Isaiah 3:13-26). *Application* Nothing is hidden from God. If you are a woman, be modest in your apparel and your Godly attitudes (1 Timothy 2:9-10). If you are a man, look upon women as if they were your sisters in reverence and honor, not in lust (Proverbs 6:23-29, Matthew 5:28, 1 Timothy 5:2). If you are a father, pay attention to your daughter, or daughters, to lovingly discipline and let them know that purity is what you and their Maker desire (Song of Solomon 6:9-10, Philippians 4:8, Titus 2:3-5).
Verses to Memorize: Isaiah 3:10-11