About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Note in verse one Sargon.
He was a king of
The battle spoken of here
in verse 1 took place in 711 B. C.. So
we know when Isaiah received this word from the Lord.
In verse 2 the Lord told
Isaiah to take off his sackcloth and his sandals. Some commentators
suggest that Isaiah was naked while others suggest that he had some kind
of loin cloth on. I'm not
one hundred percent sure, but I believe Isaiah was naked.
I will come back to this later.
In verses 3 and 4 we note
that Isaiah was naked for 3 whole years.
His nakedness symbolized the destruction of
The reason why I feel
Isaiah was naked is seen in verse 4.
Both the Egyptians and the Cushites were devastated by the
Assyrians that they were naked. We
know they were naked because the text speaks of their bare buttocks.
Also note the word "shame' in verse 4.
Shame in Old Testament thinking is associated with nakedness.
Verses 5 and 6 point out
the futileness of trusting in nations and national leaders, something we
should take note of in today's world.
Both Egyptians and Cushites had put their trust in the wrong
place and thus the Assyrians swept in and conquered them.
This does not seem to be
a prophecy of the future, but that being said, many of these Old
Testament prophecies have double fulfillments.