by Christina Farris
1 In the year that Tartan came unto Ashdod, (when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him,) and fought against Ashdod, and took it;
2 At 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.
3 And 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;
4 So 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.
5 And they shall be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia their expectation, and of Egypt their glory.
6 And 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? How things are viewed in our world seem far from how it was way back when. What would be the most humilitiating thing to a person today, might not be as humilitiating as the time of Isaiah the Prophet. Yet we have to ask, what would humble us before God and what will humble the heathens around the believer, might not be the same thing. The prophet walked naked and barefooted to prophesize against the land of Egypt and Ethiopia, to the shame of the people of what would befall them if they did not seek God. The Assyrians were coming to take control of Egypt and Ethiopia, This is not the chapter that Isaiah begins to prophesy against Egypt he also tells of the woe that was going to befall Egypt and anyone that decided to help them. If we first can understand the region of Ashdod was in the region of the coastline between Israel and Egypt. The land original of the Philistines the worshippers of Dagon, was taken over by Israel, but not own by Israel at this time of exile for the Philistines. One of the reason God allowed the take over and control of territories was to humble nations that did not believe in Him. Yet it was more then that. They believed in the things they created as well as in the power of the horse, the power of the technology forces that were plaguing the world, that made life easier for man. One thing science can not do is bring peace to the soul of man, nor can it prophesy the need for humility that cause one to fall to one knees before God and Christ Jesus, without first understanding that God is calling his people to humbleness and God is in control. God is using the Prophet Isaiah, to not only speak to Egypt as an example of what will befall man if they do not humble themselves before God, but also a warning to Israel if they do not humbly seek the Lord.
When we get to a place we decide we do not need God or act as if we do not need God, think again. God had warned nations for years about the need of repentance and that their power was short lived. Yet no one truly listen and Israel was following suit as they did in their desire for a king that was not God. Israel was still seeking their ability in the world, far greater then their own humility and need of God. Our nation looks to what can our hands produce instead of what can God do through our hands.
No nation exempt it the fallicy of man. This thanksgiving season as we concentrate on being thankful to God let us come with humility before the throne thanking God for his ability to control, to enable, to be in charge even when we think we are in control. God power reigns in the earth and let us be thankful for God's power first and foremost. Let us be humble before the throne of God, knowing his power still reigns despite what man creates and deems powerful to man. There three powers in the earth God, man and devil. Which power is strongest, God then man, then the devil, for the devil has no authority that God gives first and you allow in one's own life.
Humility begins with the knowledge of God's authority and it alone should bring us to our knees. Let the prophesy of old remain old and not let arise in our world, but bring us humility before destruction, before hardship, before, troublesome times. Let this thanksgiving prepare our hearts for rejoicing and celebration of what God has done for us this year despite a pandemic, personal sorrow and despite other things that come with daily life.
Dear Heavenly Father, bring true humility to our hearts this thanksgiving knowing your power is greater still then all technology and power of our own hands. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
First day of the Thanksgiving Day Countdown: If you can remember to put one thing you are thankful for on a wall, notebook or social media, add something new each day. Today I am thankful for a God that is greater still then anything man can create or deem powerful, to cause our humbleness before Him alone.
Continual Scripture Study:Isaiah 31:1-9 KJV
1 Woe 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!
2 Yet 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.
3 Now 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.
4 For 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.
5 As birds flying, so will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it.
6 Turn ye unto him from whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted.
7 For 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.
8 Then 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.
9 And 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.