Dave Burnette's Commentary

Isaiah Chapter 18

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Isaiah
Date Penned: (700-681 BC)
Overview: To Tell of God's Salvation through the Messiah (c 1-66)
Theme: Words of Judgment (c 1-39)
Message: Prophecy Against Ethiopia (v 1-7)

Isaiah 18 Commentary 

(18:1-7) Ethiopia - This prophecy was probably given in the days of Hezekiah (2 Kings 19-20). The "land shadowing with wings" refers to locusts and pictures the armies of Ethiopia. The king of Ethiopia had heard that Assyria's great army was marching south toward his people. He sent messengers down the Nile asking the surrounding nations to form an alliance. Judah was also asked to join, but Isaiah told the messengers to return home because Judah needed only God's help to repel the Assyrians. Isaiah prophesied that Assyria would be destroyed at the proper time (Isaiah 37:21-38). 

(18:3) A Warning Sign - This is a signal of the doom of Ethiopia and Assyria's victory over them (see 20:1-6).

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Avoiding Evil Alliances

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Isaiah with Chapter 18. In our text today, we see Prophecy against Ethiopia as Isaiah tells their fall because of its association with Assyria, which was against the Lord. In applying, we see the warning about alliances with those who oppose the Lord. When we associate with evil, we will reap the judgment that comes their way. How about you? Do you see how we can face the judgment of the Lord when we make an alliance with those who oppose the Lord? Let us learn from our text today and the Prophecy that we will face the judgment of the Lord when we make alliances with those who oppose the Lord.


Isaiah 18

Isaiah 18

 1Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:

 2That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, saying, Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land the rivers have spoiled!

 3All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, when he lifteth up an ensign on the mountains; and when he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye.

 4For so the LORD said unto me, I will take my rest, and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.

 5For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and take away and cut down the branches.

 6They shall be left together unto the fowls of the mountains, and to the beasts of the earth: and the fowls shall summer upon them, and all the beasts of the earth shall winter upon them.

 7In that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion.