Isaiah 4: Israel is Established as the Lord’s Branch

(6 verses, 1:03 to read)


What I am about to READ

  • This short chapter is packed with comfort as the Lord promise the restoration of Israel through Jesus in the life of the church.


  • Verse 1 probably belongs with the warnings of chapter 3, the women who were arrogant and proud are desperately looking for a husband, even if he could not provide for them.
  • Verses 2-6 give the image of the “branch of the LORD”, the Messiah. Jesus is called the Branch in  Isaiah 11:1, 53:2, Jeremiah 23:5, 33:14, Zechariah 3:8, and 6:12. He is the “fruit of the land,” that is a man, born of the house of David, born of the virgin Mary.
  • 3, The result of the Messiah’s work is that the people will be “called holy.” This is the doctrine of justification, the Lord declares us to be holy and righteousness by the forgiveness of our sins. The Latin word for “holy” is sanctus, where we get our word “saint”. We are the Lord’s saints, His holy ones, not because we have done everything right, but because our sins are forgiven by the blood of Jesus. The forgiveness of sins means that our names have been written in the Lamb’s book of life, or as Isaiah says here, “recorded for life in Jerusalem.” (As in most of these prophecies of the New Testament, “Zion” and “Jerusalem” mean the church of the Messiah.)
  • 4, the Lord does the work of purifying sins. Here Isaiah speaks of the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, who both calls us by the Gospel, enlightens us with His gifts, and sanctifies and keeps us in the true faith.
  • 5. The cloud by day and the fire by night is a reminder of the wandering in the wilderness (see Exodus 13:21-22). The Lord would use the cloud and fire to indicate His presence and to guide the people. Now, in the New Testament, the Lord will again dwell with His people. Jesus is called “Immanuel”, God with us, the One who will never leave or forsake us. This is how it is whenever Christians gather in the Lord’s name, He is present in our midst to forgive and protect us.
  • 6. There will be a booth, a tabernacle. This again refers to Jesus and His church. John writes, “The Word became flesh and tabernacled with us” (John 1:14). Jesus is our refuge and our covering. Kretzmann: “Christ is the Protector of His Church against the manifold dangers with which it is surrounded. In this way the Branch of the Lord serves for glory to His elect, and the believers cheerfully trust themselves to His keeping.”


  • We give thanks to You, O Lord, that You have established Your Branch, our Lord Jesus, as our righteousness and our hope, and that You have sent Your Holy Spirit to convict and purify the world of sin. Forgive our sins. Keep us safe in the righteousness of Christ. Protect us from the assaults of the devil. And bring us all to the joys of eternal life. Amen.

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Lord’s Blessings,
Pr Bryan Wolfmueller
Hope Lutheran Church, Aurora, CO


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