Isaiah says there will be a “branch” of Jerusalem that will survive the coming judgment. The “branch” will be either the Messiah or a faithful remnant.
Seven women shall take hold of one man. Many single men have hoped this verse would come true for them!
the LORD’s branch. This means either:
- The Messiah, or
- The faithful remnant
fruit of the land. This means the faithful remnant.
Isaiah 6:13. If there is a tenth left in it, that also will in turn be consumed, as a terebinth, and as an oak, whose stump remains when they are cut down; so the holy seed is its stock.”
shall be called holy. The idiom used is more than simply a label, or what theologians call a “forensic designation.” Rather, the idiom means a real change in character.
the spirit of burning. How will the LORD cleanse Jerusalem? In part, with a blast of searing judgment.
VERSE 5. The LORD will create over the whole habitation of Mount Zion and over her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night, for over all the glory will be a canopy.
MSG translation. Then God will bring back the ancient pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night and mark Mount Zion and everyone in it with his glorious presence, his immense, protective presence.
God will bring back. The ancient pillar of fire and cloud is coming back!
ancient pillar of cloud by day. It was a smoking cloud. It went from the ground to the sky.
pillar of fire by night. It was a light of flaming fire, spanning from the ground all the way to the sky.
his immense, protective presence. The glory of God is our shelter and protection.
NAB translation. For over all, his glory will be shelter and protection: shade from the parching heat of day, refuge and cover from storm and rain.
his glory. This probably refers to the pillar of fire and cloud in the previous verse. But it might also be a prophecy about Jesus Christ.
shelter and protection. The glory of God protects us and shelters us. God’s glory is how this comes about.
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