Dave Burnette's Commentary

Isaiah Chapter 20

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 Egypt and Ethiopia (v 1-6)

Isaiah 20 Commentary 

(20:1-6) Judah - Sargon II was king of Assyria from 722 to 705 BC, and this event happened in 711 BC. Isaiah graphically reminded Judah that they should not count on foreign alliances to protect them. 

(20:2) God's Message - God's command to Isaiah was to walk about naked for three years, a humiliating experience. God was using Isaiah to demonstrate the humiliation that Egypt and Ethiopia would experience at the hands of Assyria. But the message was really for Judah: Don't put your trust in foreign governments, or you will experience this kind of shame from your captors. Human governments and institutions can never take God's place as the ultimate authority on truth, justice, and dealing righteously with people. 

(20:2) Trust the Lord - God told Isaiah to do something that seemed shameful and illogical. At times, God may tell us to take steps we don't understand. We must obey him in complete faith, for he will never lead us astray.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

An Uncomfortable Message

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 20. In our text today, we see prophecy against Egypt and Ethiopia. In this message, Isaiah was to deliver a message to these nations that was uncomfortable to him. In applying, we see the Lord sometimes will ask us to deliver messages to others that might make us uncomfortable. Sometimes, telling others about their sin or delivering the Gospel will make us uncomfortable. Still, we are to obey the prompting of the Holy Spirit for the ultimate good of others. How about you? Do you see that we are to obey the Lord even when it is uncomfortable? Let us learn from our text today and the example of Isaiah to remember to follow the Lord even when it is not comfortable.


Isaiah 20

Isaiah 20

 1In the year that Tartan came unto Ashdod, (when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him,) and fought against Ashdod, and took it;

 2At the same time spake the LORD by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, Go and loose the sackcloth from off thy loins, and put off thy shoe from thy foot. And he did so, walking naked and barefoot.

 3And the LORD said, Like as my servant Isaiah hath walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and wonder upon Egypt and upon Ethiopia;

 4So shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians prisoners, and the Ethiopians captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, even with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.

 5And they shall be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia their expectation, and of Egypt their glory.

 6And the inhabitant of this isle shall say in that day, Behold, such is our expectation, whither we flee for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria: and how shall we escape?