“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 20, “A Prophecy Against Egypt and Cush (Ethiopia)”

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Create – Bring Something Into Existence.

Created – Formed, made.

Creator – Distinguishes Jehovah As The True God.  He Spoke The World Into Existence.

Creation – All Things Exist Only In The Will Of God.

Creature – A Created Object.

Sign – A Miraculous Wonder.

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 Egypt and Cush (Ethiopia),” Isaiah 20:1) In the year that Tartan came unto Ashdod, (when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him,) and fought against Ashdod, and took it;  2 Kings 18:17.  2) At The Same Time Spake The Lord By Isaiah the son of Amoz, Saying, Go and loose the sackcloth from thy loins, and put off thy shoe from thy foot.  And he did so. walking naked and barefoot.  Zechariah 13;4.  3) And The Lord Said, Like As My Servant Isaiah Hath Walked Naked And Barefoot Three Years For A Sign And Wonder Upon Egypt And Upon Ethiopia.  4) So Shall The King of Assyria lead away the Egyptians  prisoners, and the Ethiopians captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, even with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.  5) And they shall be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia their expectation, and of Egypt their glory.  2 Kings 18:21; Isaiah 31:1-3.  6) And the inhabitant of this isle shall say in that day, Behold, such is our expectation, whither we flee for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria:  and how shall we escape?  

Quest Study Bible – v1, “Sargon,”  From 721 to 705 B. C., Sargon ll ruled Assyria.  Ashdod, a leading Philistine city, had rebelled against Assyria but succumbed to Sargon ll in 711 B. C.  An inscription mentioning Sargon by name has been unearthed at Ashdod.  Also, see “Why did the Philistines want to rejoice?” (14:29).  v2, “Why Did God Have Isaiah Take Off His Clothes?”  Drastic measures were needed to make an important point—that Judah could not rely on Egypt and Cush nor join in their rebellion against Assyria.  Using the object lesson of a captive stripped naked, Isaiah vividly warned Hezekiah about what could happen.  The phrase three years (v. 3) actually meant involving three years, at least 14 months.  v2, “Did Isaiah go completely nude?”  Isaiah was role-playing the part of captives, often stripped of their clothes and belongings as they were herded into exile.  Though probably not completely nude, he was undoubtedly shamed.  Stripped, means uncovered buttocks, a sign of humiliation (2 Samuel 10:4).  At the very least, Isaiah took off his sackcloth, the distinctive garb of Prophets (Zechariah 13;4).  Also see “Why did Prophets wear eccentric clothes?”  2 Kings 1:8.  v5-6, “Why prohibit a military alliance with Egypt and Cush? “  For two reasons: (1) Isaiah foresaw that an insurrection against Assyria would end in failure.  That, in fact, proved to be the case.  (2) Isaiah wanted Hezekiah to choose between trusting foreign allies or Trusting God.  He Could Not Do Both At The Same Time.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, Tartan was one of the three chief officers of the Assyrian Empire (2 Kings 18:17).  v2, 3, Isaiah replaced wearing sackcloth, the garb of Spiritual Mourning, with walking naked and barefoot, signs of being exiled into captivity.  v4, Esarhaddon, king of Assyria, conquered Egypt and fulfilled this Prophecy in 671 B. C.  v5, 6, They and this territory probably refer to the nations bordering the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, who looked to Egypt to save them from Assyria.  This would include Judah.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – The invasion and conquest of Egypt and Ethiopia (Cush).  Isaiah was a Sign to the people by his unusual dress, when he walked abroad.  He commonly wore sackcloth as a Prophet, to show himself mortified to the world.  He was to loose this from his loins, and to go barefooted.  This Sign was to signify that the Egyptians and Ethiopians should be led away captives by the king of Assyria, thus stripped.  The World Will Often Deem Believers Foolish, When  (They Are) Singular (Exceptionally Good) in Obedience to God.  But The Lord Will Support His Servants Under The Most Trying Effects Of Their Obedience; And What They Are Called Upon To Suffer For His Sake, Commonly (Very Often) Is Light, Compared With What Numbers (How Much Suffering Many) Groan Under From Year To Year From Sin.  Those who make any creature their expectation and glory, And Put It In The Place Of God Will Sooner Or Later Be Ashamed Of It.  But disappointment in creature confidences, instead of driving us to despair; Should Drive Us To God, And Our Expectation Should Not Be In Vain.  The Same Lesson Is In Force Now; And Where Shall We Look For Aid In The Hour Of Necessity, But To The Lord Our Righteousness?


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