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Bible Commentaries

Bell's Commentary on the Bible

Isaiah 20

Verses 1-6

  1. ISAIAH – “I-See-Ya”! (Ch.20)
    1. 2 object lessons that the Lord used to try to convince the people not to form unholy alliances.
    2. [1] Defeat of Ashdod – The people of this Philistine city depended on Egypt & Ethiopia to help them,…but their help failed.
      1. This happened in 711bc when Sargon II, king of Assyria, captured Ashdod.
      2. So why should you trust them to help you?
      3. Remember, “the one thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn from history!”
    3. [2] Naked – For 3 years he didn’t wear his outer prophetic garb, or his sandals.
      1. I guess you could say Isaiah was, “blushing in his blue boxers as he bound down the boulevard barefoot & embarrassed.”
    4. (3) Nakedness = shame(4).
      1. Gen 2 – Adam & Eve were naked & not ashamed!
      2. Gen 3 – Adam & Eve were naked felt ashamed! (cuz of sin)
    5. (4-6) The Assyrians would strip the entire clothing from their captives
    6. Isaiah exposed himself to shame at God’s command, to serve as an object lesson.
      1. Q: Would you if He asked it? Q: Would he ask this of us today?
      2. Q: Would you go to the next outreach locally? Hand out tracts? Share your faith? Do a skit I a foreign country in front of many people? Pray in public?
      3. Q: Are you prepared to sacrifice your pride in your service for God?
      4. God is unlikely to ask you or me to walk about in diapers, or drag a cross like Author Blessed.
        1. But there will be times when we feel a little embarrassed or foolish at the thought of doing something we feel convicted is God’s will.
        2. At such times let’s take heart from the example of God’s bolder servants, and put obedience first.
    7. Lesson again! - They should have trusted the Lord!
      1. Is.31:1 “Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, And rely on horses, Who trust in chariots because they are many, And in horsemen because they are very strong, But who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, Nor seek the LORD!”
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Bell, Brian. "Commentary on Isaiah 20". "Bell's Commentary". 2017.