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 and Cush
20:1 In the year that the supreme commander, sent by Sargon king of Assyria, came to Ashdod and attacked and captured it— 2 at that time the Lord spoke through Isaiah son of Amoz. He said to him, “Take off the sackcloth from your body and the sandals from your feet.” And he did so, going around stripped and barefoot.
3 Then the Lord said, “Just as my servant Isaiah has gone stripped and barefoot for three years, as a sign and portent against Egypt and Cush, 4 so the king of Assyria will lead away stripped and barefoot the Egyptian captives and Cushite exiles, young and old, with buttocks bared—to Egypt’s shame. 5 Those who trusted in Cush and boasted in Egypt will be dismayed and put to shame. 6 In that day the people who live on this coast will say, ‘See what has happened to those we relied on, those we fled to for help and deliverance from the king of Assyria! How then can we escape?’”
A Prophecy Against Babylon
21:1 A prophecy against the Desert by the Sea:
Like whirlwinds sweeping through the southland,
The Watchman | Rebecca Hoyt
My Bible notes a weary Edomite asked the night watchmen when the night would end. Isaiah, as the watchman, provided an equivocal answer. The morning comes, and also the night. While relief from one oppressor was in view, further domination from another still lay ahead (Ezek.25:13; 35:2-15; Amos 1:11, 9:12; Mal. 1:4). The Edomite was encouraged to ask again in the future, indicating the possibility of another dawn or respite from oppression.
The last few weeks I’ve felt like a weary traveler, asking God when will the relief come. As I’ve prayed, I’ve felt encouraged one day, only to have something new to pray about the next. But I do feel God is with me, getting me through each thing, whether it feels like an oppressor or if there is relief.
Dear Father, thank You for helping me to continue to be in prayer several times a day in the last few weeks, instead of trying to do it all on my own, and please help me to keep my focus on what is important to You.
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