“Then they shall be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia their expectation and Egypt their glory."
God humbles the pride of nations to teach His people a lesson. Israel depends upon Egypt and Ethiopia, so Assyria strips them to the buttocks [vs4]! We depend upon sex, money, and power, so they don't satisfy. We look to human instruments, so they fail us.
Hear the warning, if we trust ANYTHING but God's word by the power of God's Spirit through Jesus' blood, then it will fail us! We cannot run from God and prosper. We can't be independent on Him. God's grace in Christ is the only hope!
Bless God, this hope is sure. We can be powerless, and He'll help us… wicked, and He'll cleanse us… ignorant, and He'll show us the way. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him [James 1:5].” Just wait on Him and look to Him for all supply.
He'll fulfill the new covenant and bless His people. He calls us from polluted fountains of sin and self-service to the flowing streams of glorifying Christ and trusting Him. He calls us to something better than human praise, self-confidence, and pride.
Be free, children of God. Know that He takes away to give. He humbles to exalt. He disturbs to heal. “For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you [Isa 30:19].”
The gospel is all grace and all to God's glory all the time. “To Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen [Eph 3:21].” Live for Him.
“In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians.” In the kingdom of our Lord Jesus, there is peace....[ abbreviated | read entire ]
“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. 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...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
“For before the harvest, when the bud is perfect and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, â€‹â€‹He will both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks and take away and cut down the branches. They will be left together for the mountain birds of...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
“THE PORTION OF THOSE WHO PLUNDER US”--Isa 17:14 “Woe to the multitude of many people who make a noise like the roar of the seas, and to the rushing of nations that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters! The nations...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
“Yet gleaning grapes will be left in it, Like the shaking of an olive tree, Two or three olives at the top of the uppermost bough, Four or five in its most fruitful branches,” Says the Lord God of Israel.” God leaves us just a...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
“But now the Lord has spoken, saying, ‘Within three years, as the years of a hired man, the glory of Moab will be despised with all that great multitude, and the remnant will be very small and feeble.’” A remnant shall be...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
“For the Lord of armies has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?” No one can stop God’s determination to save His people. Salvation’s of the Lord, and He is stronger than...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
“And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, The beauty of the Chaldeans’ pride, Will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.” vs19 First, God did overthrow Sodom and Gomorrah. He destroyed her for her pride, and Babylon will face...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
And in that day you will say: “O Lord, I will praise You; Though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me.” vs1 Praise the Lord because He comforts you. This comfort makes us love Him, even as the love of...[ abbreviated | read entire ]