Isaiah 20 Commentary

Isaiah 20 Commentary

“And we thought they were our best hope, that they’d rescue us from the king of Assyria – them the Egyptians and the Cushites.

What have we depended on for help during moments of crises? Money? Friends? Connections? Family? Intelligence?

The LORD God comes in and warns humanity against putting trust in things other than the LORD Himself. And a time comes when human pillars are removed. The LORD wants the saint to see just how worthless it is to trust in things other than the Creator God.

Yet a man cannot live without leaning on something. We cannot stand by ourselves. The future is uncertain. Planning is always, and must always be part of our design. We always want to feel secure. But who is providing that security? A blessing from the LORD or the provider of the blessing?

None of the above. Isaiah seems to point to something else. And it’s not blessing-centered. Is it not the LORD Himself behind the troubles that humanity is facing? Egypt and Cush will have their own punishment and the LORD has decreed it.

Yes, it is the LORD God but never a blessing-centered solution; not as we think of it. The absence of conflict and or the presence of material means to avoid crises.

He is the Prince of peace but never the peace we know. He is the River of Life but never the life we know. Yet it is everything we have desired; everything we have wanted; everything we need – the desire of ages. The LORD God is what we have always needed. And we often miss it.

He is the Peace we always seek in peace deals. He is the satisfaction we desire in our pursuits. He is the dad we have always needed and seek to have in humans. Won’t the fall of our pillars – Egypt and Cush remind us of the real deal?

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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