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!
A Prophecy Against Egypt
A prophecy against Egypt:
See, the Lord rides on a swift cloud
Key to World Peace | Becky Newman
Isaiah 19:20, 25
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.
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.
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.
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