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April 17 – 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 20-21

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— 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.
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, 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. Those who trusted in Cush and boasted in Egypt will be dismayed and put to shame. 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,
    an invader comes from the desert,
    from a land of terror.
A dire vision has been shown to me:
    The traitor betrays, the looter takes loot.
Elam, attack! Media, lay siege!
    I will bring to an end all the groaning she caused.
At this my body is racked with pain,
    pangs seize me, like those of a woman in labor;
I am staggered by what I hear,
    I am bewildered by what I see.
My heart falters,
    fear makes me tremble;
the twilight I longed for
    has become a horror to me.
They set the tables,
    they spread the rugs,
    they eat, they drink!
Get up, you officers,
    oil the shields!
This is what the Lord says to me:
“Go, post a lookout
    and have him report what he sees.
When he sees chariots
    with teams of horses,
riders on donkeys
    or riders on camels,
let him be alert,
    fully alert.”
And the lookout shouted,
“Day after day, my lord, I stand on the watchtower;
    every night I stay at my post.
Look, here comes a man in a chariot
    with a team of horses.
And he gives back the answer:
    ‘Babylon has fallen, has fallen!
All the images of its gods
    lie shattered on the ground!’”
10 My people who are crushed on the threshing floor,
    I tell you what I have heard
from the Lord Almighty,
    from the God of Israel.

A Prophecy Against Edom

11 A prophecy against Dumah:
Someone calls to me from Seir,
    “Watchman, what is left of the night?
    Watchman, what is left of the night?”
12 The watchman replies,
    “Morning is coming, but also the night.
If you would ask, then ask;
    and come back yet again.”

A Prophecy Against Arabia

13 A prophecy against Arabia:
You caravans of Dedanites,
    who camp in the thickets of Arabia,
14     bring water for the thirsty;
you who live in Tema,
    bring food for the fugitives.
15 They flee from the sword,
    from the drawn sword,
from the bent bow
    and from the heat of battle.
16 This is what the Lord says to me: “Within one year, as a servant bound by contract would count it, all the splendor of Kedar will come to an end. 17 The survivors of the archers, the warriors of Kedar, will be few.” The Lord, the God of Israel, has spoken.

SOAP Note

The Watchman | Rebecca Hoyt

Scripture

Isaiah 21:11-12

Observation

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.

Application

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.

Prayer

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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