January 25, 2019
DAY 27: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Focus Verse: Isaiah 19:19-22
In all the chapters, 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22, journeyed through today; we learned of God’s punishment on those who persecute His people. Once again, we see God using pagan lands to capture Jerusalem and His chosen people, Israel, as a form of punishment and correction to point them back to Him. In chapters 19 and 22 of our journey, the picture of God forgiving past transgressions when His chosen people, Israel, and foreigners, Egyptians and Assyrians, turn to Him and believing in Him worship Him.
It seemed that every country of Old Testament time had their gods. The rulers appear to believe that when they went to battle that the country with the superior god would prevail.
This logic would lead to the belief that the various god’s powers rose and fell somewhat like the tide of the ocean. The children of Israel did not seem to follow that way of thinking. It appears that when they decided to engage in the sinful conduct of other nations that God would withdraw His protection from them. They appeared to know this; yet, like us today, they began to accept the sinful ways of the world around them. God’s judgement would come upon them. They would suffer at the hands of their captors until they returned to God, who, upon hearing their plea to Him, would restore them.
19In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the heart of Egypt, and a monument to the Lord at its border. 20It will be a sign and witness to the Lord Almighty in the land of Egypt. When they cry out to the Lord because of their oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and he will rescue them. 21So the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and in that day they will acknowledge the Lord. They will worship with sacrifices and grain offerings; they will make vows to the Lord and keep them. 22The Lord will strike Egypt with a plague; he will strike them and heal them. They will turn to the Lord, and he will respond to their pleas and heal them. (Isaiah 19:19-22, NIV)
Our focus verse above, Isaiah 19:19-22, speaks of Egyptians and Assyrians coming to God. It speaks of Israelis, Egyptians, and Assyrians, believing in and worshiping together. This is an incredible prophecy. It makes clear that God is God of all people; not just the people of Israel.That said, it is important to understand that the people of Israel hold a special place with God because He made them caretakers and deliverers of His word.
Read chapters 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22 of Isaiah. Pray over it. Meditate over it. Reflect over the journey. Now take another look at chapter 22.
In summary, Isaiah is prophesying the fate of the enemies of the children of Israel. He is prophesying the punishment of Israel for abandoning God’s ways and accepting the ways of foreign lands as their ways and becoming haughty in their accomplishments forgetting that God provided all they had. It is a prophecy of gentiles turning to God and the prophecy of Jerusalem restored.
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