Growing with God’s Word in Hope
Isaiah 19:16-25: The opening verses in chapter 19 (1-15) describe a time when Egypt experienced civil war as an indication of punishment from God. Today’s reading describes a new future when Egypt will worship the LORD. After being punished, a time of healing is promised.
The LORD Almighty will bless them and say, “I will bless you, Egypt, my people; you, Assyria, whom I created; and you, Israel, my chosen people.”
16A time is coming when the people of Egypt will be as timid as women. They will tremble in terror when they see that the Lord Almighty has stretched out his hand to punish them.17The people of Egypt will be terrified of Judah every time they are reminded of the fate that the Lord Almighty has prepared for them.
18When that time comes, the Hebrew language will be spoken in five Egyptian cities. The people there will take their oaths in the name of the Lord Almighty. One of the cities will be called, “City of the Sun.”
19When that time comes, there will be an altar to the Lord in the land of Egypt and a stone pillar dedicated to him at the Egyptian border.20They will be symbols of the Lord Almighty's presence in Egypt. When the people there are oppressed and call out to the Lord for help, he will send someone to rescue them.21The Lord will reveal himself to the Egyptian people, and then they will acknowledge and worship him, and bring him sacrifices and offerings. They will make solemn promises to him and do what they promise.22The Lord will punish the Egyptians, but then he will heal them. They will turn to him, and he will hear their prayers and heal them.
23When that time comes, there will be a highway between Egypt and Assyria. The people of these two countries will travel back and forth between them, and the two nations will worship together.24When that time comes, Israel will rank with Egypt and Assyria, and these three nations will be a blessing to all the world.25The Lord Almighty will bless them and say, “I will bless you, Egypt, my people; you, Assyria, whom I created; and you, Israel, my chosen people.”
Reread verses 19-22. What will be the symbols of the LORD’s presence in Egypt? In what ways will the Egyptian people acknowledge and worship the LORD? In verses 24 and 25, what is stated about Egypt, Assyria, and Israel? Where do you see signs of hope in our world today?
Almighty God, you are our true source of blessing. May my words and actions this day reflect your love and bless others. In your holy name, I pray. Amen
Nations of the world experiencing civil strife
Isaiah 26:1-19: God will give his people victory.