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Spoke 3

Isaiah 3 chain Gimel
Pride, Sin, and the Fall

Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.

Isaiah 3.10

The name of the Third Letter, (Gimel), is identical (except for vowel points) to the root of the word translated as reward in the verse above. This is an example of the astounding integration of Isaiah with the Hebrew alphabet: just as Beyt (House) first appears in Isaiah 2, so here we see Gimel first appearing here in Isaiah 3. Yet there is more, much more!

The elements of Spoke 3 of the Inner Wheel of Isaiah include chapters 3, 25, and 47. These correspond to the Books of Leviticus, Lamentations, and II Corinthians on Spoke 3 of the Bible Wheel. All these elements - and many more from the other Inner Cycles such as Genesis, Psalms, Matthew, and Revelation - are deeply integrated. The extravagent abundance of thematic correlation - replete with hundreds of Links and Keylinks - yields an overflowing fountain of Wisdom and insight that would require a large volume to fully explore. Simply stated, we have have an embarrasment of riches!

The entire text of Isaiah 3 is included below, with my comments and links to related material.


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,

Famine is the negative image of God's gift of Food. This links to the primary Spoke 3 theme of Nourishment that originiates with the creation of Food on the Third Day. It relates to the nature of the Holy Spirit who nourishes all of God's children and the meaning of Gimel as Abundant Giver. The theme of Famine integrates with the Third Seal of the Apocalypse:

And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

The Oil and Wine are symbols of the Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity. The Black Horse is a symbol of Famine, as it is written in Lamentations on Spoke 3 (where we see the absence of God's Spirit - the negative image of the Spoke 3 theme):

Lamentations 5.10: Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.

Lamentations 5.10:Their visage is blacker than a coal; they are not known in the streets: their skin cleaveth to their bones; it is withered, it is become like a stick.

Likewise, the theme of Food integrates with the Third Book, Leviticus, which contains the bulk of all the Dietary Laws, and all of this finds its origin in Genesis 3 with the eating of the forbidden fruit and the subsequent Fall of Adam and Eve, which was immediately followed by the call of the Lord God to Adam, the first such call recorded in the Bible:

And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

This verses contains the names of Levitcus (VaYikra, "And he called") and Lamementations (Aikah, How?/Where art thou?). It is an astounding standing miracle to see this integration of gen3 with both the names and content of the books on Spoke 3 of the Bible Wheel and Chapter 3 of Isaiah. Endless wonder!

Children shall rule over them

2-5) The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient, The captain of fifty, and the honourable man, and the counsellor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator. And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them. And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable.

The theme of "ruling over" originated in gen3 (discussed below). The uprising of children against the elders and base against the noble is a strong theme of Spoke 3 which manifested in its ultimate sense in the rebellion of God's first children in the Garden. We have here two KeyLinks between Isaiah 3 and Genesis 3. The first is based on the set ("rule over", woman/women)  Gen 3.16 - Isa 3.12[Verify] :

KeyLink: Woman Rule Over Them
Genesis 3chainIsaiah 3

The second is like unto the first, only now with "children" replacing "woman", ("rule over", woman/women)  Gen 3.16 - Isa 3.4,12[Verify] :

KeyLink: Children Rule Over Them
Genesis 3chainIsaiah 3

This last one is actually a double KeyLink because it links Genesis 3.16 to two verses in Isaiah 3.

Food, Clothing, and Rule

6-7)When a man shall take hold of his brother of the house of his father, saying, Thou hast clothing, be thou our ruler, and let this ruin be under thy hand: In that day shall he swear, saying, I will not be an healer; for in my house is neither bread nor clothing: make me not a ruler of the people.

All three elements mentioned here, clothing, food, and questions of rulership, all orginate with the Fall in gen3. The problem with finding bread to eat which is an essential part of the curse - "by the sweat of thy brow you will eat bread" - that followed the sin of eating the forbidden fruit.

The Ruin of Jerusalem and Fall of Judah:

8) For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of his glory.

This is a primary theme that originates in gen3 with the fall of Adam and Eve. It manifests most clearly in desolation of Jerusalem recorded in Lamentaions on Cycle 2 of Spoke 3. It then forms a very strong link all the way through all three Cells on Spoke 3 of the Inner Wheel of Isaiah (cf. The Fall of Jerusalem).

The Reward: They eat the fruit of their doings!

9-11) The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves. Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.

This is one of the most striking alphabetic correlations. The word translated as reward is from the root pic (Gamal, S# H1580), which is identical (sans vowel points) to the name of the of the third Letter Gimel. This is the first appearance of Gimel in Isaiah, just as Beyt first appears in Isaiah 2. Yet beyond the debut of the name of the letter, we have an extremely deep thematic integration. The whole thing began in gen3 with the sin of eating. And just as Adam tried to hide his sin, so here it is specifically stated that "the hide it not." The integration is exceedingly obvious, impossible to miss. This theme actually can be traced all the way back to the Third Day of Creation where Fruit first appears (in harmony with the nurturing function of the Holy Spirit) - linking directly to the verse abovewhich contains the first occurrence of fruit in Isaiah.

Oppressive Children and the Rule of Women

12)As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths. The LORD standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people. The LORD will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people, and the princes thereof: for ye have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses. What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

This is one of the most astounding KeyLinks to gen3. Here is the curse that came upon Eve after the Fall:

Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

Many teachers have seen this as the origin of the breakdown of domestic harmony and the beginning of Woman's attempt to rule over Man. Searching the entire Bible for all verses containing the set (woman/women, rule) yields exactly two verses: Genesis 3.16 and Isaiah 3.12. We have the KeyLink:

KeyLink: The Rule of Woman
Genesis 3chainIsaiah 3

Pride, Clothing and Nakedness:

16) Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet: Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the LORD will discover their secret parts. In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon, The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers, The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings, The rings, and nose jewels, The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins, The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the vails. And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty.

Again we find an extreme correlation with the concept of clothing and nakedness which originated in gen3. We also have another "first occurrence" that links Isaiah 3 and Genesis 3 based on the word pic (Hagurah, girdle/apron, S# H2290) which represents Adam's attempt to hide his sin:

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

There is also a strong thematic link to Lamenations 2.10, which will be seen again when her gates lament (Lamentations 2.10):

The elders of the daughter of Zion sit upon the ground, and keep silence: they have cast up dust upon their heads; they have girded themselves with sackcloth: the virgins of Jerusalem hang down their heads to the ground.

Verses from the immediate context also form highly significant KeyLinks with Isaiah 3, as we will see below.

Her Gates Lament and She sits upon the Ground:

25-26) Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war. And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she being desolate shall sit upon the ground.

Here the miracle of Scripture shines with its sorrowful glory. The lamentation for the fall of Jerusalem is the title of the second book on Spoke 3, Lamementations! The correlation, sad though it is, is perfect. Just as the Lamentation itself - being structured as a grand acrostic - represents the completion of the reward (Gimel) for Israels sins, from Aleph to Tav.

Note also that the Fall of Jerusalem was declared above in verse 8: "For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen." This is a primary theme of Spoke 3, that finds its origin (agian!) with the Fall in gen3 when Adam and Eve first sinned by eating the forbidden fruit.

There are many KeyLinks between these elements of Spoke 3. Searching the all seven versions for all verses that contain the words (gates, ground) within one verse of "lament" yields exactly two versesNote 1; the verse from Isaiah 3.26 quoted above and this verse from Lamentations 2.8:

The LORD hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion: he hath stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying: therefore he made the rampart and the wall to lament; they languished together. Her gates are sunk into the ground; he hath destroyed and broken her bars: her king and her princes are among the Gentiles: the law is no more; her prophets also find no vision from the LORD.

We have therefore a KeyLink connecting the Spoke 3, Cycle 1 of Inner Wheel of Isaiah to Spoke 3, Cycle 2 of the Bible Wheel"

keyKeyLink: Lamentation for the fallen Gates of Jerusalem
PIsaiah( 31 ) chain PBible( 32 )

Alternately, we could search the KJV for all occurences of verses containing the simple set {gates, desolate}. This yeilds two verses: Isaiah 3.26, quoted above, and this verse from Lamenations (vs. 1.4):

The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts: all her gates are desolate: her priests sigh, her virgins are afflicted, and she is in bitterness.

keyKeyLink: Desolate Gates of Jerusalem
PIsaiah( 31 ) chain PBible( 32 )

Of course, the KeyLinks are not necessary to demonstrate the divine integration of all these elements from Spoke 3. The theme is totally obvious and plain to see.

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