Dave Burnette's Commentary

Isaiah Chapter 31

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: The Futility in Trusting in Egypt (v 1-9)

Isaiah 31 Commentary 

(31:1) A Wrong Decision - It was wrong for Judah to look to other nations for military help for several reasons: (1) They were trusting in human powers instead of God. Judah sought protection from those who were powerless compared to God. Both Egypt and Judah would fall as a result of the people's pride in thinking they were smarter and more capable than God. (2) They were seeking their own interests instead of God's and thus did not even consult him. They violated God's stipulation in Deuteronomy 17:16 not to look to Egypt for military help. (3) They did not want to pay the price of looking to God and repenting of their sinful ways. When we face overwhelming problems, seeking help from others is good, but we should never bypass God and his previous directions to us. 

(31:7) Idols - Someday these people would throw their idols away, recognizing that they were nothing but human-made objects. Pursuits such as money, fame, or success are seductive, and we can treat them as idols. Instead of contributing to our spiritual development, they rob us of the time, energy, and devotion that ought to be directed toward God. At first, our idols seem exciting and promise to take us places. Eventually, however, we find that we have become their slaves. We need to recognize their worthlessness now, before they rob us of our freedom.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Trusting in Egypt

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 31. In our text today, we see the futility of trusting in Egypt when God's people are in need.  Because of their sin, they turned to Egypt (a Biblical type of the world) and refused to repent to the Lord and, as a result, suffered destruction. In making an application, we see a current picture of our Country. Finding itself in need - we, too - turn to the world instead of repenting our sins. Unfortunately, our outcome will be prophesied if we refuse to repent. How about you? Do you see the future of our Nation if we refuse to repent? Let us learn from our text today and the example of Judah that if we find ourselves in need, we repent instead of turning to the world, which will end in destruction. 


Isaiah 31

Isaiah 31

 1Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!

 2Yet he also is wise, and will bring evil, and will not call back his words: but will arise against the house of the evildoers, and against the help of them that work iniquity.

 3Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When the LORD shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is holpen shall fall down, and they all shall fail together.

 4For thus hath the LORD spoken unto me, Like as the lion and the young lion roaring on his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them: so shall the LORD of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof.

 5As birds flying, so will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it.

 6Turn ye unto him from whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted.

 7For in that day every man shall cast away his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which your own hands have made unto you for a sin.

 8Then shall the Assyrian fall with the sword, not of a mighty man; and the sword, not of a mean man, shall devour him: but he shall flee from the sword, and his young men shall be discomfited.

 9And he shall pass over to his strong hold for fear, and his princes shall be afraid of the ensign, saith the LORD, whose fire is in Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem.