Spiritual Warfare Bootcamp 9
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Isaiah 4:1 “In that day seven women will take hold of one man and say, ‘We will eat our own food and provide our own clothes; only let us be called by your name. Take away our disgrace!’”
Read Isaiah 3:16-26 at the end of the article (or in your own Bible) for background information for this lesson.
When prophets speak of “that day,” “in that day” or “the day of the Lord” it typically refers to the end times or the worldwide judgment to come. However, some events occur in a prophetic continuum -meaning, they occur more than once throughout time. For example, judgments have occurred against Israel since they first became a nation such as oppression. The prophets may speak of judgment that happens during the cultural context of the text but then again during our time, and then again during the end times. Prophetic continuum means that the prophecy continues and is carried on until the final revelation.
“Who are the Daughters of Zion? We are!”
Zion is also Jerusalem, the city of David or the city of God. Zion refers to Israel, the people of God. The daughters of Zion are the Hebrew Israelite women. Unfortunately, in the pericope of our text, the daughters of Zion too are being judged for the moral decay that is taking place in Israel (See Isaiah 3:1-15). As a result, God would remove everything that Israel depended on (Does this parallel where we are right now?). God would remove the pillar or foundation of Israel’s support such as the military, the government, religious leaders, and businessmen (Does this parallel where we are right now?). As a result, the nation began to fall apart. This judgment was because God’s chosen people rebelled against Him (Does this parallel where we are right now)? It sickens God, that Zion, the beautiful city of God, the city of David, and the holy mountain is filled with moral decay.
Finally, God, through the prophet Isaiah, depicts how immoral the women of Zion had become. There are several actions that we have to take in order to ensure that we don’t fall into judgment for the same sin as the daughters of Zion:
1) Cast out pride
2) Cast out lasciviousness
3) Cast out idolatry or, we will
4) Continue to suffer the consequences
Women of God, cast out pride. Beginning with verse 16 of Isaiah Chapter 3, we see that the daughters of Zion are haughty. Haughty is exalted, high, above, and proud. God tells us in several passages of scripture that He hates the proud. In 1 Peter 5:5b-6, Peter says, “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” Women of God, daughters of Zion, when we try to elevate ourselves, God will humble us. When we exalt ourselves, we will be brought down. If we have strongholds of pride, arrogance, or haughtiness in our spirits, we need to cast it out in the name of Jesus. God says for not to think more highly of ourselves than we ought to (See Romans 12.). An outward expression of pride was when the women extended their necks and walked along with their necks stretched out, and heads in the air. See, we must always reject the world’s standards. We cannot do what the world – or even our grandmothers say when it contradicts what the word of God says. “Baby keep your head up!” We must be careful about the spirit behind perched heads and stretched necks. God detested it and the women were punished.
Women of God, cast out lasciviousness. Lasciviousness means “inclined to lustfulness; wanton; and lewd.”1 The phrase “flirting with their eyes” in the Hebrew translation is defined at “coquettish.” So, the women used their eyes to suggest a playful, sexual attraction; they were flirtatious. These women also “strutted” with “swaying” hips. Walking with dainty steps which is so much pretentiousness. Have you seen it or even done it in church? You always seem to have to walk around when everyone else is still and quiet during the service. Some of us have layers and layers of spirits from which we need to be delivered. A “marine spirit” is known as a lustful seductive spirit. Ask Holy Spirit to reveal it to you each time you are being charming (which is seductive), flirtatious, and manipulative with your eyes, in the way you walk, your speech, or in your dress.
Proverbs 31:30a says, “Charm is deceptive.” Charm is just as much about our “intentions” as it is our actions. We use charm when we think the real “me” won’t get the guy’s attention. Satan himself uses charm or seduction to get us to sin (Think of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Jesus in the wilderness, and even us to charm boys and men to get them to like us.). Even though charm may get you temporary attention and even affection, charm will not get you 1 Corinthians 13 kind of love. Do we want to continue to use the enemy’s devices?
Women who focus on beauty are narcissistic. Narcissistic is having an excessive or erotic interest in oneself and one’s physical appearance. Look at the world of social media and how it is flooded with “selfies.” When you look at the work selfie, “self” is the root word. The focus is on “self” so much today. Holy Spirit still puts me on “selfie” restriction sometimes now. We have to begin to discern when the enemy is tempting us in this area. Ask Holy Spirit to help you (me too) to get to the root of the stronghold. “Why do I feel that I need to seduce someone which is a form of manipulation to get what I need? What is missing on the inside of me? What tragic event triggered my need for attention or power or manipulation? Why is my focus on me so much?” Holy Spirit will reveal it to you; He does it for me. Then cast out that spirit of lasciviousness. It has to go.
Women of God, cast out the spirit of idolatry. Idolatry is anything that you allow to take the place of God. These women focused on outward appearances to make themselves beautiful. They “adorned” themselves with so many extra accessories and God hated it: ornaments, headbands, crescent necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and veils; scarves, ankle bracelets, sashes, perfumes, and charms; rings, jewels, party clothes, gowns, capes, and purses; mirrors, fine linen garments, head ornaments, and shawls. Are some of you imagining your closets now? I know I’m praying hard and reflecting right now. The enemy uses these idols to keep us in financial bondage too. I think of how I fight against an insatiable appetite for accessories and clothes and shoes. This word is confirmation that we have to fight lest we become seduced by the enemy and become victims to worldly sinful excess of these things.
We buy all these things and idolize them because we want to be “beautiful.” Proverbs 31:30b also says, “beauty is fleeting.” Beauty fades away. Anything could happen to cause what the world defines as beauty to fade: a cultural perception of beauty changes such conflicting opinions about light skin vs. dark, natural vs. permed, and bold features vs. keen features; genetics, an accident that causes disfiguration such as the woman whose boyfriend threw acid in her face a couple of years ago; or old age.
Finally, in Proverbs 31:30, “but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” At the end of the day, what women want is to be praise worthy. We won’t be however if we don’t allow God to be first in our lives. When He is, we are subject to Him. We fear Him and then we become praiseworthy. Cast off the spirit of idolatry. Women, if we don’t get delivered right now through the power of Holy Spirit, we will continue to suffer the consequences for our sin: an odor, baldness, garments of shame which is an indication of poverty, our men killed (incarcerated today), mourning, and finally, we will share a men with seven other women which implies a statistically shortage of men.
Isaiah 3:24-26 “Instead of smelling of sweet perfume, she will stink. She will wear a rope for a sash, and her elegant hair will fall out. She will wear rough burlap instead of rich robes. Shame will replace her beauty. The men of the city will be killed with the sword, and her warriors will die in battle. The gates of Zion will weep and mourn. The city will be like a ravaged woman, huddled on the ground.
Isaiah 4:1 “In that day seven women will take hold of one man and say, ‘We will eat our own food and provide our own clothes; only let us be called by your name. Take away our disgrace!’” To ensure that we don’t fall into judgment, we must do the following:
1)Cast out pride
2)Cast out lasciviousness
3)Cast out idolatry or
4)Continue to suffer the consequences
Isaiah 16-26 “The Lord says, “Beautiful Zion is haughty: craning her elegant neck, flirting with her eyes, walking with dainty steps, tinkling her ankle bracelets. So the Lord will send scabs on her head; the Lord will make beautiful Zion bald. On that day of judgment the Lord will strip away everything that makes her beautiful: ornaments, headbands, crescent necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and veils; scarves, ankle bracelets, sashes, perfumes, and charms; rings, jewels, party clothes, gowns, capes, and purses; mirrors, fine linen garments, head ornaments, and shawls. Instead of smelling of sweet perfume, she will stink. She will wear a rope for a sash, and her elegant hair will fall out. She will wear rough burlap instead of rich robes. Shame will replace her beauty. The men of the city will be killed with the sword, and her warriors will die in battle. The gates of Zion will weep and mourn. The city will be like a ravaged woman, huddled on the ground.”
Isaiah 4:2-4 “In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of the survivors in Israel. Those who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, will be called holy, all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem. The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; he will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire.”
1 Dictionary.com, s.v.“lasciviousness,” accessed March 27, 2017, http://www.dictionary.com/browse/lasciviousness.
©March 2017 Dr. Jené Walker