Isaiah 20 (Listen)

20:1 In the year that the commander in chief, who was sent by Sargon the king of Assyria, came to Ashdod and fought against it and captured it—at that time the LORD spoke by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, “Go, and loose the sackcloth from your waist and take off your sandals from your feet,” and he did so, walking naked and barefoot.

Then the LORD said, “As my servant Isaiah has walked naked and barefoot for three years as a sign and a portent against Egypt and Cush, so shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptian captives and the Cushite exiles, both the young and the old, naked and barefoot, with buttocks uncovered, the nakedness of Egypt. Then they shall be dismayed and ashamed because of Cush their hope and of Egypt their boast. And the inhabitants of this coastland will say in that day, ‘Behold, this is what has happened to those in whom we hoped and to whom we fled for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria! And we, how shall we escape?’”




Devotional:

Then they shall be dismayed and ashamed because of Cush their hope and of Egypt their boast. And the inhabitants of this coastland will say in that day, ‘Behold, this is what has happened to those in whom we hoped and to whom we fled for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria! And we, how shall we escape?’ (Isaiah 20:5-6)

Many times when Judah and Jerusalem faced threats from enemy nations, they would rely on neighboring nations to come to their aid and rescue them. But Isaiah announces that these neighboring nations have come under God’s judgment. Judah and Jerusalem could no longer depend on Cush (Ethiopia) their “hope” and Egypt their “boast” (Isaiah 20:5). Who was left to help them? God! With other help gone, they had no choice but to rely on God alone. Have you ever looked to God as your last resort when He should have been on the top of your list? “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).