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God’s Branch, Freedom From Bondage

In Isaiah, chapter 4, we learn that there will be a day when the faithful followers of God, in Jerusalem will be redeemed. Most importantly, it is brought to our attention that there will be more woman then men, that are among these people. Verse 1 starts off with mentioning how their will be a shortage of men compared to woman that remained faithful to God. It reads, 1“and in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, we will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.” Because of this, multiple women will desire to be married to one man. The chapter continues and reads, 1“in that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.” God’s presence will be upon the faithful followers of Christ. Their fruit will be excellent, because of the many things they did for God. God carried them through bondage and now they shall have their reward. The people that left in Jerusalem are blessed. Isaiah explains how. 1“And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem.” What a beautiful time this will be, when God’s people are gathered together in Zion.

In the beginning of this message I mentioned how their will be more women than men. This is very interesting, since some of them could have been part of the women spoken of in chapter 3 that were full of pride. These were those that were lifted up in the things of this world, but their humility could have saved them. However, those that did not harken to God would have been destroyed. Isaiah records, 1“the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.” As we learn here, the wicked were removed in that day. In the midst of the people that remain, there will be a shining light, which is the glory of God. Isaiah records, 1“the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence.” They will ever be protected and have no more need to fear, for the Lord God will be with them. It is recorded, 1“and there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the day time from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.” This will be a glorious time for the saints in Zion. To come out of bondage and find freedom in the Lord is glorious indeed. God’s grace is upon them.

Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray for those that are in bondage. May they humble themselves and be delivered this day. Help these dear people understand that Your freedom is the only way to get out of bad situations in life. I fear for their souls, that they will not realize this until it is too late. Without You, there is no peace but fear. We can find joy for a time but nothing lasts unless You are involved. It is not worth being fulfilled with the things of this world when none of it will save our souls from hell. So I pray that every person that is in the bondage of sin and death that they find refuge in Your love. May they experience true joy. People may think they have it good now but that notion will soon change when death comes and they are left in the bondage of hell. Only You can save us, Jesus. Fill us all with Your love. I pray for humility to enter every heart that they will be open to Your presence, Lord. May they come unto You with open arms and find freedom that lasts. There is forgiveness and mercy that comes from You, Jesus. I am so grateful for forgiving me and rescuing me from sin. I am so blessed. You are refuge in the storms. With Your armor in my life, I can overcome all things. You are my hope and my strength. I love You Lord. Amen.

Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.

1Isaiah 4 (KJV)
1 And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.
2 In that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.
3 And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem:
4 When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.
5 And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence.
6 And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the day time from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.

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