Vs. 1, “Woe to the obstinate children,”declares the LORD.” Like an obstinate child, Israel would turn to others rather than its Father. After all that God had done for Israel…Israel would have the audacity to turn to one of it’s former enemies. Egypt was but a shadow compared to what God could have provided. The name Rahab (vs. 7) is not referring to the Rahab the woman who helped the spies…but Rahab is one of the words that were also used for Egypt. It was bad enough that Israel would turn to Egypt and seek it’s protection, but the real danger and sadness was that they were rejecting God and His Word! Isaiah would do his best to reach out to these obstinate children, but they would reject God’s prophet. Bad decisions always have consequenes and in the end, Egypt would not assist Israel in it’s invasion by the Assyrians.
Regarding application…God’s Desire. Vs. 15, “This is what the Sovereign LORD , the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength…” There is an old song by Vineyard that uses this verse. In this song, it comes from the perspective of God speaking to us, “I have longed to hold you in my arms….Take all of your fear away…I will take your filthy rags and make them clean if you’ll receive my love.” I love this song and it always touches my heart. So many times, we think of what is our own desire. What do I like? What do I want to do? Where do I want to go? I want to sing that song. I want to serve God this way. Yet…in this passage from Isaiah, we are sadly reminded what God’s desire is for us. Like any parent with a child…God the Father desires for us to trust Him…to rest in Him! Sometimes, it amazes me just how busy all of your lives can get at such a young age. Let’s stop, rest, and remember that God is always there for us. We don’t have to do things on our own. We have the freedom to be independent…but it’s in our dependency that we find true freedom in Christ!