Isaiah 3:1. “For behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water.”
The opening verses of this chapter show us the results of national sins. As a people, as a whole, Judah and Israel had turned from God to idolatry. Doing so destroyed their sense of good and evil, right and wrong. God would bring sure judgment, and it would be dire.
The words stay and staff are different forms of the same Hebrew word, and they denote every sort of support.There would be physical and spiritual famine in the land. Their sojourn into worshiping the gods of the surrounding nations was going to cost them dearly at every level imaginable.
I understand that these prophecies are spoken to Judah, but I can’t help bu see the parallels to our beloved country today. We, too, have forsaken the worship of the One true God, the God of Israel, the Creator of the universe. In His place, we have turned to “new” forms of worship that have very little to do with God and much more to do with how we feel. We have made idols out of entertainment, work, politics, food, clothes, money, and electronics.
By the time we realize what has happened, we will have lost every form of “staff and stay.” We will have waited too long.