Make sure you already read the third chapter because the first verse of this chapter is a continuation of the third chapter.
And seven women shall take hold of one man in that day, saying, “We will eat our own bread and wear our own clothes, only let us be called by your name; take away our reproach.”
Jews used the number seven to represent “many”. Therefore, many women would go after one man. When the troubles came upon the land, men became scarce. The single women of the land were ashamed and not approved by the rest of society because they were unmarried and childless. These women acted contrary to common practice and sought husbands for themselves because they couldn’t bear the shame. At the time, bearing children was one of greatest gifts of God. The women didn’t need the man to support them, they were able to support themselves, they just wanted to all be regarded as his wives.
I am sure most of us have tried to be part of something or belong to someone. Interestingly, God sees our need of belonging. He sees our struggles we endure in this life, just like He saw the troubles these women went through and washed their filth away and renewed their lives. These women went out of their way to do what God wanted them to do and on their way they got dirty, cut up and humiliated. We are like those women, but instead of a husband, we might be holding onto a career, a hometown, our parents, a job, a dream, a best friend, or a loved one. But we need to realize that holding on to Jesus is really worth all the trail, pain and suffering. One day God will come to the rescue and He rewards those who survived the trial. Today He wants to cleanse the blood stains, wash away the filth in our hearts, and refine us into the jewel he meant for us to be. Plus in verses 5 and 6, He promises to provide shelter, refuge, and a hiding place from the storm and rain in your life.
May you ask Jesus to give you a renewal of mind and spirit today,
Scripture portions taken from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.