In today’s world Isaiah would be viewed as someone in desperate need of mental health help. In Biblical times, and by today’s believers in the Bible, he was the true knower of God and his prophecies spoke the true word of God. Sure.
“I will make mere youths their officials; children will rule over them.” – Isaiah 3:4
God is making the town officials children. Um, okay. God is all-knowing and all-powerful, so he could simply will people to follow him, but instead he chooses to punish people because he loves you. Get it? Me neither.
“But in that day he will cry out, ‘I have no remedy. I have no food or clothing in my house; do not make me the leader of the people.’” – Isaiah 3:7
God, forcing people to be leaders who don’t want to be leaders and don’t have the skills to be leaders, just so he can get his petty way. Yep, makes perfect sense if you love your people.
“Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.” – Isaiah 3:10
The truly righteous, like Job, are punished severely. Those God claims are righteous, like Lot, have done horrible things, such as Lot offering his virgin daughters to be raped by a crowd.
“Youths oppress my people, women rule over them.” – Isaiah 3:12
The world would be a better place if more women ruled.
“The Lord says, ‘The women of Zion are haughty, walking along with outstretched necks, flirting with their eyes, strutting along with swaying hips, with ornaments jingling on their ankles. Therefore the Lord will bring sores on the heads of the women of Zion; the Lord will make their scalps bald.’” – Isaiah 3:16-17
God trashing women once again. As I said above, the world would be a better place if more women ruled.
What did we learn this chapter? Not much new, but just reinforcement that God is a whiny little bitch that with his all-powerful ways can’t figure out how to do things right.
Coming Soon: Isaiah – Chapter 4: The Branch of the Lord