The first oracle is against
|Homs, Syria: 2010 and 2014|
Verse 4 switches to
Verse 10 tells us why… they have forgotten the God of their salvation and the Rock of their stronghold. Their crops will suffer and the harvest will be a heap of ruins.
In verses 12-14, Isaiah again switches focus to the surrounding peoples. It sounds like a picture of today’s refugee situation in Syria, and also what happens to nations that plunder Israel.
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 will rush like the rushing of many waters;
But God will rebuke them and they will flee far away,
And be chased like the chaff of the mountains before the wind,
Like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
Then behold, at eventide, trouble!
And before the morning, he is no more.
This is the portion of those who plunder us,
And the lot of those who rob us.
See also Psalm 83 and Zechariah 12:3 for more information on what happens to those who come against Israel.
“I will set Egyptians against Egyptians;
Everyone will fight against his brother,
And everyone against his neighbor,
City against city, kingdom against kingdom.
And then the highlight of this chapter, the Highway in verses 24-25:
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 that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria—a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”
|Highway in the Desert|
Verse 4 says, in the same way, the king of Assyria will lead away Egyptians and Ethiopians, naked, barefoot, with their rear ends uncovered. (Even back then, nakedness was linked to shame... a lesson we could learn in today's Western world).
This came to pass around 714-711 BC. The northern Kingdom of Israel had fallen just a few years before, in 722 BC. Another example of God's prophetic words coming to pass! No other god can foretell the future like our God!
|Assyria capturing Egyptians and Ethiopians|