Daily email Number 384 – from the Vicar

A shorter passage today, Isaiah Chapter 4 verses 2 to 6.
It obviously follows on across the chapter division from the previous section as it begins ‘In that day…’ similar to Ch.3 v.18 and Ch.4 v.1.
However, after the mainly words of judgement in the previous chapter, here are some words of hope, as the Branch of the Lord comes to the fore, and there is a sense in Jerusalem of holiness, cleansing/restoration, and glory.And we will find this a constant theme in the book of Isaiah (as well as the whole Bible), of judgement and then hope, as the Lord deals with the rebellion of His people and the nations, but He never completely abandons His people or His promises, and there is always a remnant of faithfulness, always seeds of hope to start again.And that should be an encouragement to all God’s people in any age, including us.
The Branch of the Lord is a Messianic title, and is perhaps more well-known in passages later in the book.  Chapter 11 v1, says this, ‘A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit…’ which clearly points ahead to the coming of the Lord Jesus.  See also Ch.53 v.2.And He is the ultimate hope as He brings salvation to the world, and shows us the love of the Father in action and in person, as well as His glory.’The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  (John Chapter 1 verse 14).

From our church address list, let us remember in our prayers today,- Robert & Jan- Nova

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