Friday, February 10
In today’s reading, we have pretty much just oracles against other nations. An oracle in the Old Testament is simply the Word of God. Therefore, the different oracles about the separate nations are just the words of God, and the audience of the book of Isaiah is the people of Judah. That means that these oracles are words from God to Judah concerning other nations.
As we have been reading, these oracles concerning other nations are usually more of a judgmental tone. Often, God states that he will take action against these nations. This may lead to the people turning to God, and that is present in Isaiah chapter 19. Chapter 19 contains the oracle concerning Egypt. In this oracle, God states he will take action for their poor behavior. As a result of God’s action, “the LORD will make himself known to the Egyptians, and the Egyptians will know the LORD in that day and worship with sacrifice and offering,” (Isaiah 19:21). Basically there are three steps happening here: The Egyptians sin against God, God punishes the Egyptians, and the Egyptians turn to God because of their fear.
We can learn a lesson from this. We are inevitably all going to sin in our lives. We all have sinned, and we all will make more mistakes in the future, similar to what the Egyptians were doing. The punishment for sin is found in Romans 6:23: “The wages of sin is death.” Death is what we all deserve. God is not afraid to punish us if we don’t seek Him. Similar to the Egyptians, we should then fear God and live a life that is pleasing to Him. When we do this, we can receive eternal salvation through Jesus Christ, and God will indeed bless us.
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