April 16 – Isaiah

In April and May, we are reading through the book of the prophet Isaiah. Its major themes are judgment, comfort, and hope, applicable to Jerusalem then in the 8th century B.C. and to us now. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Isaiah 19

A Prophecy Against Egypt

A prophecy against Egypt:
See, the Lord rides on a swift cloud
    and is coming to Egypt.
The idols of Egypt tremble before him,
    and the hearts of the Egyptians melt with fear.
“I will stir up Egyptian against Egyptian—
    brother will fight against brother,
    neighbor against neighbor,
    city against city,
    kingdom against kingdom.
The Egyptians will lose heart,
    and I will bring their plans to nothing;
they will consult the idols and the spirits of the dead,
    the mediums and the spiritists.
I will hand the Egyptians over
    to the power of a cruel master,
and a fierce king will rule over them,”
    declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty.
The waters of the river will dry up,
    and the riverbed will be parched and dry.
The canals will stink;
    the streams of Egypt will dwindle and dry up.
The reeds and rushes will wither,
    also the plants along the Nile,
    at the mouth of the river.
Every sown field along the Nile
    will become parched, will blow away and be no more.
The fishermen will groan and lament,
    all who cast hooks into the Nile;
those who throw nets on the water
    will pine away.
Those who work with combed flax will despair,
    the weavers of fine linen will lose hope.
10 The workers in cloth will be dejected,
    and all the wage earners will be sick at heart.
11 The officials of Zoan are nothing but fools;
    the wise counselors of Pharaoh give senseless advice.
How can you say to Pharaoh,
    “I am one of the wise men,
    a disciple of the ancient kings”?
12 Where are your wise men now?
    Let them show you and make known
what the Lord Almighty
    has planned against Egypt.
13 The officials of Zoan have become fools,
    the leaders of Memphis are deceived;
the cornerstones of her peoples
    have led Egypt astray.
14 The Lord has poured into them
    a spirit of dizziness;
they make Egypt stagger in all that she does,
    as a drunkard staggers around in his vomit.
15 There is nothing Egypt can do—
    head or tail, palm branch or reed.
16 In that day the Egyptians will become weaklings. They will shudder with fear at the uplifted hand that the Lord Almighty raises against them. 17 And the land of Judah will bring terror to the Egyptians; everyone to whom Judah is mentioned will be terrified, because of what the Lord Almighty is planning against them.
18 In that day five cities in Egypt will speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the Lord Almighty. One of them will be called the City of the Sun.
19 In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the heart of Egypt, and a monument to the Lord at its border. 20 It 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. 21 So 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. 22 The 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.
23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. 24 In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth. 25 The Lord Almighty will bless them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.”

SOAP Note

Key to World Peace | Becky Newman

Scripture

Isaiah 19:20, 25

Observation

In the midst of the prophecy against Egypt is a beautiful peace-filled light. Egypt, Assyria, and Israel had been fighting non-stop ever since the Israelites took possession of the Land of Canaan. And this same region has gone back to fighting today–Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran with Israel, and trying to get Egypt involved. Even the headline of the news this morning is U.S. airstrikes on Syria possibly leading to a world war with Russia. Yet, for all this chaos in the region of the birth of civilization, for all the hate and enemies, there is One Thing that unites and brings peace — Jesus. After the fulfillment of the prophecy against Egypt, the Egyptians would turn to God and pray to Him for deliverance. And He delivered His Son as their Savior. This was huge because God would be listening and answering the prayers of the Gentiles, indicating Jesus would be the Savior for all people, regardless of birthright, race, or gender; this was the sign and witness — for ALL. All of us worshipping God together — that’s the key to world peace.

Application

You have given us the highway to heaven, to Your Kingdom. Some have chosen to accept and follow, even Egypt and Assyria accepted and followed for a time enough to fulfill this prophecy. Assyria became the birthplace of the Eastern Christian Church, and a remnant of these Christians still live there today, though all Christians in Syria are facing hostility and persecution. The fulfillment on the Egypt side is a little more cloudy, but we do know that Joseph took Mary and Jesus to Egypt to flee from Herod, which means God sent Jesus to Egypt. But evil just keeps popping in with its ugliness and leading people in the Middle East and elsewhere astray from You. I like to know what’s going on in the world so I don’t become ignorant and also because my husband is in the Army and when the U.S. starts getting involved, it trickles down. But seldom do I pray for these nations to turn to You. It’s not hopeless. I can intercede on their behalf and pray for deliverance from evil. That tiny step of turning to You and prayer is all it takes for You to come in and save the day, to rescue us from our sin.

Prayer

Lord Almighty, You are so good that all we have to do it turn to You, and You send us Your Son to save us. Specifically today, I pray for Syria, that they may turn to You for deliverance and become Your handiwork again. I pray for the innocent men, women, and children who were gassed last week and are still alive, and for the families of those who died, to turn to You in prayer for healing and the ability to forgive. I pray for the country’s leaders to turn to You and stop being a tool of evil, to seek forgiveness and turn from their evil ways. May we all worship together one day in the Kingdom.

The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.

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