In that day seven women
will take hold of one man
and say, “We will eat our own food
and say, “We will eat our own food
and provide our own clothes;
only let us be called by your name.
Take away our disgrace!”
Most people who read this take it as a prophesy, which it is. Isaiah wrote this in a culture in which a woman was looked on as cursed if she could not marry, stay married, or bear children, mainly sons. Also a culture where it was culturally accepted for a man to have multiple wives, though this is a practice greatly discouraged by God. So the people would understand this to a certain extent, but providing their own food and clothes as if the husbands role as provider went out the window?! That was shocking, overly independent, loose, and showed a desperation hard to fathom. Yes, I believe this is a prophesy meant for us, when Christ's second coming is drawing near, and the world is in a very sorrowful state, warping truth beyond recognition. Now, how is Isaiah 4:1 relevant to today - something penned 4,000 years prior? Does it hold any weight as the poetic guesswork of a persecuted man, or was it truly inspired by God?
It is not a disgrace for a woman to be unmarried, nowadays, as it was in the great majority of history, but it is a shame to women who are pure in society now, for some reason. The virgins are looked down upon; abstinence is mocked openly. Isaiah 4:1 is relevant to today. Ever heard of - or watched - the popular TV show "The bachelor"? Several women take hold of one man and plead him to make them his own... through fights, seduction, manipulation, fake beauty, performance, and materialism. They are, in essence, begging for their purity to be stained, though it's probably not that pure to begin with. Our hottest TV shows aren't just in Hollywood. They usually reflect the heart of the culture in general.
Blame it on America if you like, with it's overly sexualized images and promotions spewed out of the richest industries. I blame it on the reigning sin nature in all humanity, prevalent since the fall of man about 6,000 years ago.
You may be wondering, whats all this about being called by his name? Isn't the huge trend of feminism taking over that? That is a huge trend that is not overly new, and promotes women to be "independent" from the males in their life. Have you ever heard, "it's your life, girl, don't give your freedom to a man", or "prove that women are just as good as men, if not better", or maybe "Take care of yourself and you'll never get hurt". It's the powerful movement of sexism, and it is too often worshiped in some parts of the world today. America primarily. It is viewed by us as a mark of civilization. And no, I don't recommend reverting to the Islam movement for our women, but both extremes are wrong. Read the verse above. Does that sound intelligent, organized, and civilized?
True, a growing number of women do not take the name of their husband. (example: Mr. Smith and Mrs. Radcliffe are married?) It's a fad extending from a popular mindset, but that doesn't prove anything of a woman's heart without Jesus, nor expose it as anything else. In my opinion, it simply proves that once again, in one little verse in one chapter in one book of God's word is exactly that - God's word, and divinely inspired.
So what does this matter to us today? Aside from exposing a sad practice, that is. How does it show us how to live, to respond? Are we looking at God's roles for us, or defining ourselves according to culture?