Isaiah was telling the people that Egypt was not going to come through for them and that Egypt was going to be destroyed. This was very sad news that the people were hearing because they were hoping that Egypt was going to come to their rescue and save them from the Assyrians. Isaiah is going to prophecy again about a prophecy that will take place in the future so that the people will have hope. The message of doom for Egypt is not left without a message of Grace because God always leaves room for those who are willing to repent and turn to Him to be saved from the doom that awaits those who reject Him. God is going to act and when God acts, we call this a Divine Intervention. For many of us we look at Divine intervention as something in the positive when things go our way, a miracle happens or when our enemy is destroyed by unexplainable means
Isaiah 19:16-17 In that day the Egyptians will be like women, and tremble with fear before the hand that the Lord of hosts shakes over them. 17 And the land of Judah will become a terror to the Egyptians. Everyone to whom it is mentioned will fear because of the purpose that the Lord of hosts has purposed against them.
1) Divine Intervention brings Fear
“In that Day” points to a future time of Divine intervention and it says, “Egypt will be like a woman who is afraid” The Egyptians will realize that when the hand of the Lord is against them that there is nothing they can do but be afraid. The Mighty powerful Egyptians with their military might will be cowards when they realize they are confronted with the God of the Universe.The Hand the Lord Shakes over them is a gesture of dismissal and a sign of catastrophic ruin and it is as if God waved His hand and destruction came upon them. They are useless against Him and they realize that they are not the ones who are in control of their future.
The Land of Judah will become terror to Egypt not because of Judah and her military but because it is identified with God. Fearing God is not a bad thing because it reveals to you that He is the one who is to be praised. We do not spend time talking about the fear of God which in scripture is about having a reverence for God because we have made God into our own image but at the end of time when all the powerful Kings of the world see Jesus they will have fear.
Revelation 6:15-17 Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave[d] and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, 16 calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, 17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”
The powerful politicians and rulers in our world today will stand before God shaking and all the power that they thought they had will be nothing compared to God. We have forgotten how great and mighty God is and therefore we worry about the things that are happening in our world instead of focusing on our great and powerful Creator. We worry and say things like, “What happens if so and so gets elected? Or what will we do if our country goes from capitalism to socialism?” A Christian response is that we will do what we have been doing and put our trust in God because He is in control. We need to learn to pray like Daniel who as a teenager was captured and taken to Babylon.
Daniel 2:20-22 Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might.21 He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; 22 he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him.
Is this how you think of God as the one who removes and sets up kings? Our world is in for a rude awakening when God shows up because they will have a fear that leads to terror where we who belong to Him as His children will have a fear that is a reverential awe.
Isaiah 19:18 In that day there will be five cities in the land of Egypt that speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the Lord of hosts. One of these will be called the City of Destruction.[a]
2) Divine Intervention brings repentance
“They will swear allegiance to the Lord of Host” They will turn from their former life and proclaim the name of Godand they will even learn the Hebrew language as a sign and testimony of their repentance. Proclaiming you are a Christian in our society does not mean much but in some countries, it will cost you your life. For the people of Egypt to claim that God is the true God is not something the Jewish people would see as a possibility.
Romans 10:9-13 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Salvation belongs to those who call on the name of the Lord and those who confess with their mouth that He is God and was raised from the dead. The people in Isaiah’s day were hearing that God was going to do something among the Egyptians that they thought was impossible because they could not see the Egyptians leaving their gods to worship the true God.
Who are you praying for that it will take a Divine Intervention for them to turn to God? If God did not intervene in all our lives, then we would all still be left to be separated from Him for all eternity. All of us needed a Divine intervention in order to be back in a right relationship with God. If you had an experience with God and it did not lead to a change in your life, then you did not have an experience with God you just had an experience.
Isaiah 19:19-21 In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord at its border. 20 It will be a sign and a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt. When they cry to the Lord because of oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and deliver them. 21 And 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, and they will make vows to the Lord and perform them.
3)Divine Intervention leads to worship
The altar will be in the middle of Egypt and the altar was for sacrificial worship and A pillar set up would show all that entered where their loyalty was to God. The people who once fell under God’s judgement will be witnesses to the rest of the world.
A) Worship because of our Salvation
“When they cry out to the Lord” God will defend them; God will take up their cause and deliver them from the situation of harassment and difficulty. They will be delivered from certain doom by a savior
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Just like God intervened for the Egyptians He has intervened for us by saving us from His wrath. The beauty of Christianity is it is not about what you can do but what God did for us when He died on the cross on our behalf.
When is the last time you thanked God for your salvation?
B) Worship because of our Relationship with God
The Egyptians will Know Yahweh Worship happens when you know you are in a relationship with God. It is the difference between knowing about God and having a relationship with Him. Many people do not worship God because they know some things about Him but they do not have a personal relationship with Him.
Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
We cannot emphasize enough that the people that Jesus mentions that did great works are the ones who are told to leave His presence. Christianity is about a personal relationship with God that also involves other brothers and sisters in Christ.
Do you desire to pray to God? To Read His Word? If not, why not?
C) Worship by Serving God
They will make a vow and perform them Worship is more than just singing or showing up at Church, Worship is when your life changes and reflects the nature and character of God. We serve God because of all He did for us and our relationship we have with Him.We do not serve God to win His approval or to make it into Heaven, Jesus did all of that for us.
Romans 12:1-2 I appeal to you therefore, brothers,[a] by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.[b] 2 Do not be conformed to this world,[c] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect
Worshiping God is how we think and how we act. If we are going to do the will of God then we have to think correctly and live correctly then we will know and do His will.
Isaiah 19:22-25 And the Lord will strike Egypt, striking and healing, and they will return to the Lord, and he will listen to their pleas for mercy and heal them.23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and Assyria will come into Egypt, and Egypt into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians.24 In that day Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, 25 whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.”
3) Divine Intervention brings Healing
“Striking and Healing “This two-fold process is not to destroy a person but to heal them. You should not be the same person you were before God intervened in your life. Isaiah takes this a step further by not only saying Egypt will turn and worship God but Assyria as well, the very ones who were coming to destroy Judah will be worshiping God. This will not take place because of political or engineering feats but because of the Supernatural healing that God can do in the hearts of man.
Proverbs 3:11-12 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof,12 for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.
God will take you were you are but He will not leave you there. God will inflict pain and consequences for the purpose of leading you toward healing just like a physical therapist causes pain to lead you to full restoration.
A Blessing in the midst of the Earth You have to remember how shocking this was to them to hear because no one would believe it but when God is involved the impossible is possible.Your life because God is bringing you to be more like Jesus Christ will be a blessing to the world. We hear statements about God’s blessings, but God calls us to be a blessing. Yes, we are blessed, but God blesses us to bless others because it is how God reaches out to the world. Some of us need healing but do not think that while you are healing God cannot use you to bless others. We are all broken people.
James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working
Healing comes but God uses other people for us to walk along side of and confess our struggles with each other. We need to be healed so we can heal