Scripture: from verses 4 and 5
When Adonai washes away the filth of the women of Tziyon…with a blast of searing judgment, Adonai will be over the whole site of Mount Tziyon and over those who assemble…for the Glory will be over everything like a hupah (wedding canopy and shelter).
Observation: This chapter is only six verses, but it has some major mood whiplash going on. It starts by describing the disgrace of the prideful women of Israel, and their desperation to hide from it, and then states that in that day Israel will suddenly be blooming and glorious.
The pattern repeats in this section – searing judgement followed closely by glory and love and protection. But I think the key is that their filth is truly washed away this time. Instead of insisting that they are still in the right, the pride of Israel is finally humbled and they are asking to be rescued. God is happy to rescue us as soon as we call.
Francis Schaeffer pointed out that humans have spent the past millenia trying to figure out how to fix mankind, and concluded recently (in the 70s or so) that mankind either isn’t broken, or is supposed to be broken. Modern society tends to say that humans are the way they are and that’s a good thing.
Humans are prideful and selfish and broken. As soon as we recognize that, we can ask God for help. As soon as we ask God for help, He covers us in His Glory and we are safe.
Application: Ask for help. Know you are broken.
Prayer: Father, I need your help. I am not able to be good on my own. Thank you for covering me. Amen.