The Condemnation of Man’s Kingdoms Isaiah 1-39, cont’d.
Isaiah 13-23 The Judgment of other Kingdoms, cont’d.
Isaiah 19:1-20:6-Judgement against Egypt
Isaiah 19:16-25-The repetition of the words “In that day” (:16,18,19,23,24) are a prophetic reference to the future coming of the Messiah and the establishment of His Millennial Kingdom.
Isaiah 20:1-6-The year is 711 B.C. Sargon was king of Assyria from 722-705 B.C. Here is recorded one of the strangest acts of prophecy in the entire Bible. God tells Isaiah to take off all of his clothes and to walk around only partially clothed for 3 years. This was the way that Assyria forced its prisoners to dress and the way that destitute people dressed. Its purpose was to humiliate them. This was a prophecy that Egypt would be defeated and its people taken into captivity by Assyria for 3 years.
- And he did so, walking naked and barefoot: We shouldn't think that Isaiah was nude, completely without clothing. Instead, he only wore the inner garment customary in that day - sort of like wearing only your underwear or a nightshirt. The message wasn't nudity, it was complete poverty and humiliation. Isaiah dressed as the poorest and most destitute would dress.
- "One need not imagine that Isaiah walked around stripped for the entire three years or that Ezekiel lay on his side for 390 days without getting up (Ezek. 4:9). Perhaps part of each day was used for those designated purposes." (Wolf)
- "Not stark naked, but stripped as a prisoner, his mantle or upper garment cast off." (Trapp)
iii. "Other prophets were asked to go through equally difficult experiences as signs to Israel. Hosea endured a trying marriage, and Ezekiel's wife died as an illustration for the nation (Ezek. 24:16-24)." (Wolf)
David Guzik :: Study Guide for Isaiah 20,
Isaiah 21:1-10-Judgement against Babylon
Isaiah 21:11-12-Judgement against Edom
Isaiah 21:13-17-Judgement against Arabia
Prayer: Father, what does it take before people listen to You? Isaiah had to walk around naked in order to get people’s attention. I pray that You will help our hearts to be open and receptive to Your Spirit. Help us to hear Your voice loud and clear.