Tag: Isaiah 17-20

Don’t depend on man’s help!

Scripture reading for July 22nd: Isaiah 17-20

“Those who trusted in Cush and boasted in Egypt will be afraid and put to shame.  In that day the people  who live on this coast will say, ‘See what has happened to those we relied on, those we fled to for help and deliverance from the king of Assyria!  How then can we escape?” (Isaiah 20:5-6)

The fear of man is a snare that many men and women fall into.  People look to a leader or a nation for help or protection.  They rely on military power, political influence,  or money to provide them a measure of safety and security.  Most believe that ‘might makes right’ and that the ‘fittest will survive’.  This appears to be the smart way to live successfully in this world.

We in the United States of America have had a lot to boast about in this regard.  We have the most powerful military in the world.  We have vast resources and technology that enables us to protect ourselves and to free oppressed peoples.  But can these give us true safety and security?  The Bible says that security is found in God alone!

Egypt was a powerful nation during this period of time.  They were a nation of idolaters who consulted sorcerers and mediums instead of God.  God’s prophet Isaiah warned His people that they would find these leaders very unreliable.  (Isaiah 19:1-4)  God would cause drought and famine to reduce the nation to despair.  He would expose their politicians and officials as senseless and fools!   (Isaiah 19:5-14)  God would pour on them a spirit of dizziness causing them to stagger in their own vomit!

God’s mercy would be extended to those in Egypt as well.  If they would turn to the Lord, He would have mercy on them!  (Isaiah 19:19-22)  He would raise  up a deliverer and make Himself known to them.  This passage ends with God declaring a blessing over Egypt and Assyria:  “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.” (Isaiah 19:25)

God’s amazing mercy and love for all nations cause us to worship Him and willingly serve Him!  Take time today and repent of any ‘trust in man’ and thank God that He is trustworthy!  He alone is our source of protection and our way of escape!

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Man’s help is futile!

Scripture reading for July 20th: Isaiah 17-20

“Those who trusted in Cush and boasted in Egypt will be afraid and put to shame.  In that day the people  who live on this coast will say, ‘See what has happened to those we relied on, those we fled to for help and deliverance from the king of Assyria!  How then can we escape?” (Isaiah 20:5-6)

The fear of man is a snare that many men and women fall into. (Proverbs 29:25)  People look to a man or a nation  for help or protection.  They rely on military power, political influence, money, or knowledge to provide them a measure of safety and security.   They believe that ‘might makes right’ and that the ‘fittest will survive’.  In the natural, this appears to be the smart way to live and get along in this world.

We in the United States of America boast of the most powerful and feared military in the world.  We have vast resources and technology that enable us to protect ourselves and to free oppressed peoples in other parts of the world.  We have sought to use our power and resources to protect freedom and fight against oppression and wickedness.  But in spite of our great resources and technology God alone is our only source of safety!

Isaiah spoke an oracle against Egypt.  Egypt was a powerful nation during this period of time.  They were a nation of idolaters who consulted sorcerers and mediums instead of God.  Isaiah warned them that they would find these leaders very unreliable and unstable and His judgment would expose them as false!  (Isaiah 19:1-4)  God would cause drought and famine to reduce the people to despair.  He would expose their politicians and officials as senseless and fools!   (Isaiah 19:11-14)  God would pour on them a spirit of dizziness causing them to stagger in their own vomit!  Trusting in men is futile!

God’s mercy was extended to Egypt.  If they would turn to the Lord, He would have mercy on them!  (Isaiah 19:19-22)  He would raise  up a deliverer for them and make Himself known to them and He would heal them!   God declared a blessing over Egypt and Assyria:  “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.” (Isaiah 19:25)

God’s amazing mercy and love for all nations cause us to worship Him!   He alone is our source of protection and our way of escape!

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Prophet to the Nations

Scripture reading for July 22nd: Isaiah 17-20

Isaiah was not only a prophet to his own people, but was used by  God to speak words of warning concerning coming judgment to other nations.  One of the powerful nations of that day was Egypt.  It was the nation that had held the Israelites as slaves about 750 years earlier and had experienced God’s judgment in the miracles wrought through Moses.  Egypt was the nation that Israel turned back to for help and actually desired to return to as they wandered in the wilderness.  It is a type of the world in its humanist power and idolatry.  God will judge the nations of the world and the world system as well.

The reason for this judgment was sin against God.  They were responsible for the light that they had; God had demonstrated His power over their idols earlier and given them time to repent.  They persisted in idolatry and witchcraft.  (Isaiah 19:3-4)  They made plans in their human thinking and consulted mediums instead of the Lord.  God’s judgment would expose their folly and devastate their plans as well as their land.

Isaiah was instructed by God to dress as an exile, stripped and barefoot and was to walk around like that for three years. (Isaiah 20:2-4)  The message of God’s judgment was visual as well as spoken to these sensual people. God would send the Assyrians against Egypt and Cush and the Egyptians would be led stripped and barefoot into exile! Their shame would be exposed and they would become an example to all who trust in the power and idols of Egypt.  Even God’s people would learn a lesson in this regard!

What lessons can we learn today as we read of God’s judgment on these nations that trusted in idols and human wisdom?  Our nation must take heed!  We, like Egypt, have had much light from the Lord.  To choose to depart from that light and trust in human wisdom will not escape God’s notice.  He watches every nation and all of it’s people and will judge them.  He warns them first through His messengers.  Today the church bears this responsibility.  Sadly, many in the church are caught up in “Egypt” themselves!  God is watching and warning us.  Today is a good day to evaluate your own life and realign it with God’s purposes!

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Man’s help is futile!

Scripture reading for July 22nd: Isaiah 17-20

“Those who trusted in Cush and boasted in Egypt will be afraid and put to shame.  In that day the people  who live on this coast will say, ‘See what has happened to those we relied on, those we fled to for help and deliverance from the king of Assyria!  How then can we escape?” (Isaiah 20:5-6)

The fear of man is a snare that many men and women fall into.  They look to a man or a nation of people for help or protection.  They rely on military power, political influence, money, or knowledge to provide them a measure of safety and security.  We are taught that ‘might makes right’ and that the ‘fittest will survive’.  In the natural, this appears to be the smart way to live and get along in this world.

We in the United States of America have had a lot to boast about in this regard.  We are a nation that boasts of the most powerful and feared military capabilities in the world.  We have vast resources and technology that enables us to use our resources to protect us and even to free oppressed peoples in other parts of the world.  We have sought to use our power and resources to protect freedom and fight against oppression and wickedness.  But in spite of our great resources and technology, can these give us true safety and security?  The Bible says that God alone is our source of safety!

In today’s reading, Isaiah was speaking an oracle against Egypt.  Egypt was a powerful nation even during this period of time.  They were a nation of idolaters who consulted sorcerers and mediums instead of God.  God’s prophet Isaiah warned them that they would find these leaders very unreliable and unstable and His judgment would expose them as false!  (Isaiah 19:1-4)  God would cause drought and famine to reduce the people to despair.  He would expose their politicians and officials as senseless and fools!   (Isaiah 19:11-14)  God would pour on them a spirit of dizziness causing them to stagger in their own vomit!  Trusting in men is futile!  There is no security there!

God’s mercy is extended to these in Egypt in this passage.  As they are going through this judgment, if they will turn to the Lord, He will have mercy on them!  (Isaiah 19:19-22)  He will raise  up a deliverer for them and make Himself known to them.  They will worship and acknowledge the Lord, and He will heal them!  This passage ends with God declaring a blessing over Egypt and Assyria:  “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.” (Isaiah 19:25)

God’s amazing mercy and love for all nations cause us to worship Him and willingly serve Him!  Take time today and repent of any ‘trust in man’ and thank God that He is trustworthy!  He alone is our source of protection and our way of escape!

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