Text: Isaiah 19:20-25
Key Verse: “In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land: Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance” (Isaiah 19:25).
There are certain truths that need no emphasis. It is a basic truth that God is the Almighty; that He is the Creator of the heaven and the earth and all the people therein – be they white or black. All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing, and He does according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can say to Him ‘what doest thou’? Our text deals with the supremacy of God over all nations and all people. Egypt was noted for her wisdom – a wisdom it attributed to the power of her gods.
The nation thus became very idolatrous and questioned the authority and power of the almighty God. After a time of affliction and chastening, the two chief oppressors of Israel, Egypt and Assyria, according to prophecy, would unite in love, and worship the true God. ‘At the mention of the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow.’ The knees of people of all the nations of the world would bow on that day. The LORD of host shall say in that day, ‘Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance’ (verse 25). Known to God are His works from the foundation of the earth.
The Almighty rules in the affairs of men. By this prophecy, all nations of the world would be blessed. In that day, political enemies, nations and peoples that had been miles apart would bow at the feet of Jesus. But let us not wait till that time. Now is the time for us all to know Him and the power of His resurrection. For it is through a reverential knowledge of God that we can discover and enjoy the best He has prepared for us through the all-sufficient merit of His dear Son.
Thought for the day: There is but one God and He is the Almighty
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