Scripture: from verse 24
…a slave-brand instead of beauty.
Observation: The women of Israel were being very proud (and greedy and vain and slutty, by the sound of it) and this was to be part of their punishment, along with being stripped of everything else they were proud of.
And it strikes me as interesting because God said in Leviticus that His people are His slaves. God owns us. 1 Corinthians says that we were bought with a price.
I don’t have any real proof of this, but I think our beauty is a sign of God’s ownership. He made us, and He made us beautiful. Ephesians 5 says that God is preparing us to be His bride, pure and without defect.
All of us are owned by God, if we accept His grace. All of us bear the beauty that is the mark of His ownership. And if God is our beauty, we don’t have to be afraid.
Application: Ask the Lord how He made you beautiful. Stand strong in that knowledge.
Prayer: Yeshua, you have marked me with beauty, inside and out. Help me to share that beauty with others and not to hide it. Amen.