Vs. 1, “An oracle concerning Egypt…” Egypt is certainly one nation we should not be suprised to see here. A strong faction in advised the King to get help from Egypt, but Isaiah warned that Egypt could not help them. Why? Because the Lord had discouraged and divided the Egyptians (vs.1, 2), their counsel was from the devil (vs.3), and they were heading for bondage themselves (vs. 4). Furthermore, their economy was about to fail (vs. 5-10). The counselors in Egypt were supposed to be very wise, but God said they were deluded fools (vs. 11-13). God’s people get their wisdom from God, not from the world. The wisdom of Egypt would lead them into staggering and humiliating defeat. Yet, we read of a hope. Vs. 18, “In that day five cities in Egypt will speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the LORD Almighty.” Here we see the future for both the Jews & the Egyptians. This future has not yet come to pass. Isaiah is speaking of the tribulation and reign of Christ. Question: Why you ask? Egypt has a longer history than any nation mentioned in Scripture, including Israel. In fact, it was down in the land of Egypt that the nation Israel was born. Seventy souls from the family of Jacob journeyed there, and four hundred years later they left Egypt with at least a million and a half people.
Regarding application…Hero. Vs. 20, “When they cry out to the LORD because of their oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and he will rescue them.” We speak of girls who have the princess syndrome….well…we guys also have something about us: the Hero complex. Deep down inside, guys want to be Hero’s! We want to be the prince who saves the damsel in distress. We want to be the warrior who defeats the foes, we want to be the hero who saves the people…AMEN (MEN) =) Anyways…my point is…fortunately…we already have a true Hero! Our Hero (while cheesy sounding) is truly the one & only…Jesus Christ Our Lord & Savior!!!!