The recurring message of Isaiah was and is God is pulling away His hand of Protection and allowing those that are his own to face the consequence of their actions. As any father would say, “If you think you are so independent, GO FOR IT! In Isaiah’s prophecy what does that look like, it is a matter of support and supply.
Israel and specifically Judah had grown to expect God to meet their every wish and desire. Protection, provision and prominence were the expectation for the folks in Israel. So, the word was Given to Isaiah–I am pulling my support and supply. All food and water, all military and civil protection and all wisdom and leadership will now be up to you. You are going to be run by punks. You are going to be led by immature and inexperienced children. They will crumble and fall–naked and ashamed. They will be unable to recover because they are too busy bickering and blaming.
They will turn on each other–siblings, parents, friends. They will be led away–cities in ruin and spirit broken they will become slaves and sycophants to their masters.Isaiah called them out–You have become militantly sinful praising your rebellion as a show of pride and courage.
So be it! For you, there is a reckoning awaiting. The righteous will be spared but the rest of you will have nothing left to hope for because the judgement is real. What an incredibly sad message.
In our lives, we have to understand that God’s judgement is not a beating he brings on us; it is so much worse. It is Him simply removing His protection and His support.
When that happens, those under his care become immediately vulnerable to the outcome of their pitiful choices. They simply reap all that has grown from what they have sewn. Please, Lord, do not remove your protection from those whom you have loved. Help us to stand in your shadow and follow you closely and humbly.
God Bless You
For behold, the Lord God of hosts
is taking away from Jerusalem and from Judah
support and supply,[a]
all support of bread,
and all support of water;
2 the mighty man and the soldier,
the judge and the prophet,
the diviner and the elder,
3 the captain of fifty
and the man of rank,
the counselor and the skillful magician
and the expert in charms.
4 And I will make boys their princes,
and infants[b] shall rule over them.
5 And the people will oppress one another,
every one his fellow
and every one his neighbor;
the youth will be insolent to the elder,
and the despised to the honorable.