“In that day… (v.1)”
This refers to the day of the Lord of the hosts and it ‘shall be upon everyone that is proud and lofty (Is.2:12)’. In this chapter while Isaiah continues with dire warnings, he also holds out the blessings that ushers the advent of the Anointed One, the Messiah.
This needs an explanation. The advent of the Son as Servant King and the Messiah are two different events but the prophesy does not see it as such. The reason is simple: it is set in God’s Time. For the same reason while Isaiah pronounces Day of the Lord does not differentiate so many partial judgments, for example the destruction of the old world by great flood, of twin cities of the plains of the past or the Babylonian captivity, destruction of Jerusalem under Titus which lay ahead.
God foreordained His Sovereign Will and He cannot deny His nature like mercy, love and righteousness. (Lam.3:23) One aspect of righteousness is manifest in the many evils that are upon the apostasy of the nation. Wars would bring the daughters of Zion low.
“In that day seven women will take hold of one man/ and say, “…only let us be called by your name. Take away our disgrace!”(v.1) In such distressful time women shall outnumber men who could settle them in families. God’s commandment regarding marriage gives an insight in Deut.25:5-10. One who did not built up his brother’s house was tantamount who brought shame to his tribe. Compare this shame to the idyllic illustration of a happy family. “Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table(Ps.128:3). Instead what we see here is normal state of affairs turned upside down. It is a shame when those who ate on piece of bread having to eat whatever they can lay hands on in times of famine. “And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass’s head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove’s dung for five pieces of silver(2 Ki.6:25).”
And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, ….(Isa.30:20; Ps.80:5). These are not an end in themselves but shock tactics to teach people their folly in forgetting the living God. If they do turn back from evil ways God’s ways shall make fountains of water spring up in desert and lead them in a safe way and settle them once again secure in their own land. Their latter days shall twice as much blessed as God blessed the righteous Job.
On the eve of Christmas let us remember the shame Virgin Mary but God gave her grace to submit to His will. “Behold the handmaid of the Lord ;be it unto me according to thy word….(Lk.1:38)”Even such extremities are ways where God can manifest His mercies. “For with God nothing is impossible ((Lk.1:37)
Seven women shall take hold of one man signifies , indeterminate or unspecified number.
The Branch of the Lord
2 In that day the Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of the survivors in Israel. 3 Those who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, will be called holy, all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem. 4 The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; he will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by a spirit[a] of judgment and a spirit[b] of fire. 5 Then the Lord will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over everything the glory[c] will be a canopy. 6 It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.