Today Isaiah pronounces judgment from the Lord against several nations:
Ethiopia – Isaiah says the Ethiopians are “people terrible from the beginning and onward” but the Lord will humble them and they will one day worship Him.
Egypt – To the nation that enslaved the Israelites, Isaiah says that the Lord will do the same to them. “And the Egyptians I will give into the hand of a cruel master, and a fierce king will rule over them.” Isaiah says the Lord will dry up the Nile River which will wreck their economy.
God has Isaiah walk around barefoot and naked for 3 years to illustrate the shame and destruction coming to Ethiopia and Egypt. 😱
However, the Lord also gives Egypt hope. Isaiah says once they have been humbled “Then the Lord will be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day…they will make a vow to the Lord and perform it.”
After the death and resurrection of Christ, we will read a story about an Ethiopian eunuch who is reading the words of Isaiah when Philip, a disciple of Jesus, comes and explains the reading to him. “Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus” (Acts 8:35). The Ethiopian will go on to receive Jesus as his Savior and be baptized in the name of Christ.
Babylon, Edom and Arabia – Isaiah says that Elam and Media will take down Babylon and within a year Edom and Arabia will fall.
Jerusalem – Isaiah warns Jerusalem, who falsely believes it is immune from the wrath of God, that judgment is coming.
Shebna – The Lord says Shebna, the treasurer of Judah during the reign of King Hezekiah, will be judged for using his position for personal gain. The Lord is going to remove everything from him and give it to Eliakim.
Tyre – Isaiah says that this strong, wealthy city will be forgotten for a period of time but will ultimately be restored to the Lord.
Tomorrow Isaiah declares judgement against the entire world but there is hope…keep reading.