from beauty to branding

This is the picture of lives changed. And not for the better. Lives of prosperity and self-sufficiency turned to poverty and dependence. The contrast is astounding. And the cause is frightening.

Perhaps it was brought on by the lack of leadership around them. Perhaps it was the mere expression of the natural sinfulness of their hearts. Whatever the particular reason, pride took over. The outward expressed the inward. And the inward wasn’t praiseworthy.

Pride has no place in the presence of the Lord.

For these women, there came ugly and unforgettable destruction. Swift, graphic, and devastating.

In that day the Lord will take away the finery of the anklets,
the headbands, and the crescents;
the pendants, the bracelets, and the scarves; the headdresses,
the armlets, the sashes, the perfume boxes, and the amulets;
the signet rings and nose rings; the festal robes, the mantles,
the cloaks, and the handbags;
the mirrors, the linen garments, the turbans, and the veils.

Instead of perfume there will be rottenness; and instead of a belt, a rope;
and instead of well-set hair, baldness;
and instead of a rich robe, a skirt of sackcloth;
and branding instead of beauty.

Empty, she shall sit on the ground.

Isaiah 3:18-24, 26

It seems that the Lord had one thing in mind that day: the exaltation of Himself. Where such did not exist, appropriate judgment was required. An adjustment must be made.

First He called for righteousness and justice. He pleaded for faithfulness and obedience.

But a presentation of pride does not stand. Not before the presence of the Holy One.

Enter into the rock and hide in the dust from before the terror of the Lord,
and from the splendor of his majesty.

The haughty looks of man shall be brought low,
and the lofty pride of men shall be humbled,
and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.

Isaiah 2:10-11

{For further study, read Isaiah 1-5}

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