1 Because, see the Lord Yahveh of armies, removing supplies and more supplies from Jerusalem and from Judah: all supplies of bread and all supplies of water, 2 warrior and man of war, judge and prophet, and diviner and elder, 3 captain of fifty and dignitary, and counselor and skillful magicians and skillful enchanter. 4 And I will make boys their princes, and children shall rule over them. 5 And the people will be oppressed man by man, and a man by his neighbor. The boy will storm against the elder, and the dishonorable toward the honorable. 6 Because a man will seize his brother at the house of his father: “Here’s a cloak for you, so you will be a leader for us, and this heap of ruins is under your hand!” 7 He will lift up his voice on that day, saying, “I will not be a restorer; in my house there is no bread and there is no cloak. You can not make me leader of any people!”
when the stuff goes
A society based on the accumulation of stuff will decidedly unravel when the stuff starts to disappear. Isaiah’s Jerusalem had built its leadership on the accumulation of wealth, and Yahveh decided to begin removing the stuff. One of the immediate results would be the loss of leadership. There would be no more ambition to lead because once the motivation of personal gain is gone, potential leaders make themselves scarce. Respect breaks down, and depression and chaos ensues.
LORD, wean us of our dependence upon personal gain. Make us leaders based on our relationship with you, and motivate us with your approval alone.