Isaiah 18-22: Swear loyalty

We are still considering the “letters” that God is sending to various nations through Isaiah.  I want to focus on one particular part of chapter 19 this morning, namely verse 18: “On that day five cities in the land of Egypt will speak the language of Canaan and swear loyalty to the Lord of Hosts.”

To me, this seems to indicate that through God’s punishment, Egypt will learn to fear and honour God. Of course, this lines up with what God declares in Isaiah 45:23 “By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear.”

One of the tenants of end times theology is that God’s supreme sovereignty will be acknowledged by all persons, pauper to King.

But these incredible verse that finish off chapter 19 in Isaiah proclaim more than just Egypt’s loyalty to God. These verses proclaim that Egypt and Assyria will not just be conquered nations, but that indeed they are valuable in God’s sight, much the same as Israel is. There is incredible truth in these verses about God’s care for and plan for all of the nations (which I mentioned yesterday), but there is also a good reminder in these verses that God’s plans will come to completion.

Happy reading

  • What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
  • What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
  • Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
  • How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
  • What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?

Tomorrow’s Reading: Isaiah 23-27


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