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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Isaiah Chapter 20

he invasion and conquest of Egypt and Ethiopia.

- Isaiah was a sign to the people by his unusual dress, when he walked abroad. He commonly wore sackcloth as a prophet, to show himself mortified to the world. He was to loose this from his loins; to wear no upper garments, and to go barefooted. This sign was to signify, that the Egyptians and Ethiopians should be led away captives by the king of Assyria, thus stripped. The world will often deem believers foolish, when singular in obedience to God. But the Lord will support his servants under the most trying effects of their obedience; and what they are called upon to suffer for his sake, commonly is light, compared with what numbers groan under from year to year from sin. Those who make any creature their expectation and glory, and so put it in the place of God, will, sooner or later, be ashamed of it. But disappointment in creature-confidences, instead of driving us to despair, should drive us to God, and our expectation shall not be in vain. The same lesson is in force now; and where shall we look for aid in the hour of necessity, but to the Lord our Righteousness?


David 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 making application we see the Lord at times 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 but 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 not comfortable? Let us learn from our text today and the example of Isaiah to remember to follow the Lord even when it is not comfortable.

 

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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?