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Isaiah 19-20

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God’s Pronouncement of Judgment on Egypt

Isaiah 19-20

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Lesson Number 19

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The Lord pronounced judgment against Egypt.
  2. The Lord promised future blessing for Egypt.

Practical Application

  1. Are we willing to be embarrassed for the Lord?

Questions

  1. Why was it important for the people of Isaiah’s day to hear that Egypt would come under judgment?
  2. What is the emphasis of Isaiah 19:1?
  3. What natural cause would the Lord use to defeat Egypt?
  4. When will the prophesied blessings come on Egypt?
  5. What embarrassing act did the Lord ask Isaiah to do, and why?

Answers

  1. Because many in Judah were looking to Egypt for help in view of the coming threat of Assyrian invasion.
  2. That it was the Lord who would bring Egypt down, although it might seem that it was through natural or political causes.
  3. The Lord would bring a drought on Egypt and the lifeblood of the country, the Nile River would begin to dry up. This would bring economic and natural disaster upon Egypt.
  4. In the millennial kingdom of Christ, when the Lord returns to this earth to reign (verse 20).
  5. Isaiah was to strip off his outer clothes and walk about in his undergarments. This was to drive home the point to the people of Judah that the Egyptians would be no help against the Assyrians, who stripped their captured slaves in this way.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Can you think of a time when our country has put its confidence in political alliances or economic savvy? Where should our confidence lie instead? What can you individually do to affect change?
  2. “Peace in the Middle East” is a common topic of discussion these days. As believers, we know there will one day be peace for those nations – when the Prince of Peace comes to reign. In the meantime, what should our mindset be toward the Middle East?

Challenge

  1. Are you willing to be embarrassed for the Lord? The Lord asked Isaiah to perform some odd acts in service to Him. Are you willing to set aside your pride to obey the Lord in some humble way?

Key Verses

  • “The burden against Egypt. Behold, the LORD rides on a swift cloud, and will come into Egypt; the idols of Egypt will totter at His presence, and the heart of Egypt will melt in its midst.” Isaiah 19:1
  • “In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria – a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, ‘Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.’” Isaiah 19:24-25

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