“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 18, “A Prophecy Against Cush”

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“Hosanna,” Israel Houghton

Oracle – A person through whom God Speaks, or Message From God.

Oracles – The Words Of God

Prophecy – A Message or Prediction (What Will Happen In The Future)  From God

Prophesy – To Foretell, Expound, And Interpret The Message From God

Prophet/Prophetess – God’s Spokesman (or, person), Divinely Called Minister  

Prophetic – To Speak From God’s Perspective of what will Happen In The Future 

Idolatry – Worship Of/To Any Created Object or Person Instead of The True Creator, God.

“A Prophecy Against Cush,” Isaiah 18:1) Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:  2) That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, saying, Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning hitherto, a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land the rivers have spoiled!  3) All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, when he lifteth up an ensign (banner) on the mountains; and when he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, Ethiopia, called Cush in The Bible, was at the southern end of Isaiah’s world.  v2, Sea, may refer to the Nile River, from which small rivers branched.  Tall and smooth (v. 7) probably designates the people along the entire stretch of the Nile River.  Perhaps the term smooth refers to the ancient Egyptian custom of shaving the whole body.  v3, banner:  For the use of this word to refer to Salvation instead of Judgment, see 11:10, 12.

Quest Study Bible – v1, “The land of whirring wings (or, shadowing with wings),” This may refer to insects (locusts) or ships.  Some ancient translations of this passage interpreted whirring wings as a figure of speech for boats with canvas sails flapping in the wind.  v2, “Who were these tall smoothed skinned people?”  (NIV) .  The Hebrew is uncertain here, making the identification of these people difficult.  Some think it might refer to the peoples along the Nile River.  Or the reference could be to the Assyrians and Medes.  Or the phrase might possibly be a figure of speech to mean human kingdoms in general.

Matthew Henry ‘s Concise Bible Commentary – This chapter is one of the most obscure in Scripture, though more of it probably was understood by those for whose use it was first intended, than by us now.  Swift messengers are sent by water to a nation marked by Providence (God’s Will), and measured out, trodden under foot.  God’s people are trampled on; but whoever thinks to swallow them up, finds they are cast down, yet not deserted, not destroyed.  All the dwellers on earth must watch The Motions of The Divine Providence, and wait upon the Directions Of The Divine Will.  God Gives Assurance To His Profit, and by him to be given to His People.  Zion Is His Rest For Ever, And He Will Look After It.  He Will Reckon With His And Their Enemies; and as God’s people are protected at all seasons of the year, so their enemies are exposed at all seasons.  A Tribute of Praise Should Be Brought To God From All This.  What is offered to God must be offered in the way He Has Appointed and we may expect Him To Meet Us Where He Records His Name.  Thus shall the nations of the earth be convinced that Jehovah Is The God, And Israel Is His People, And Shall Unite In Presenting Spiritual Sacrifices to His Glory.  Happy are those who take warning by His Judgment On Others, And Hasten To Join Him And His People.  Whatever land or people may be intended, We Are Here Taught Not To Think That God Takes No Care Of His Church, And Has No Respect To The Affairs Of Men, Because He Permits The Wicked To Triumph For A Season.  He Has Wise Reasons For So Doing, Which We Cannot Now Understand, But Which Will Appear At The Great Day Of His Coming, When He Will Bring Every Work Into Judgment, And Reward Every Man According To His Works.  Amen.


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