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Isaiah 19:23-25

Powerful Grace

23 In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. 24 In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, [even] a blessing in the midst of the land: 25 Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed [be] Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance.

Finally, our chapter climaxes with all the blessings of the Messianic salvation being poured out upon the world, which since the beginning of time has stood in opposition to Him. These last three verses are a perfect testimony to the power of God's grace. They demonstrate that there is nothing His love cannot overcome.

"In that day shall there be a highway." Undoubtedly, man's desire to travel and to conduct commerce would eventually drive him to build a super highway from Egypt to Assyria, but this is not the meaning. Isaiah speaks of a spiritual super highway, built upon the gospel of Christ who is the way, the truth and the life. (See our study on 11:16) He is speaking of a time when there will be unity between the world powers; a time when age-old enemies would mingle as brothers; and a time when the world's greatest powers would unite themselves in service to the LORD.

Israel would be one third of the world's powers, but they would no longer oppress her. Instead, Israel would be a blessing to them. Israel would become what God intended her to be. She would be the center from which God's blessings would flow to the rest of the world.

Isaiah describes a time in the messianic age that is difficult for us to imagine. Even today, these nations are sharply divided. They comprise the nations that are most likely to draw the other nations of the earth into a world war. Israel is hated throughout the Middle East. She is at peace with Egypt but is an enemy of Egypt's other allies, the nations of Islam. Those nations want to destroy all signs of Judaism and Christianity. Can God's grace overcome these obstacles, which have existed for millennia?

Isaiah says that God will surely bring these nations together to serve Him and that God would call Egypt, "My people." Until that time, Yahweh had called only Israel "my people". Now, they would be grafted together on the same vine. "But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us]; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby." (Ephesians 2:13-16)

And, He would call Assyria, "the work of My hands." All peoples are the works of God's hands. "Know ye that the LORD he [is] God: [it is] he [that] hath made us, and not we ourselves; [we are] his people, and the sheep of his pasture." (Psalms 100:3)

However, the Assyrians would become more than merely a creation that rebelled against its Creator. "Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new... For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." (2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 2:10)

Israel retains the title of "Mine inheritance." Yet, each of these titles will belong to all three groups, because they will be united under one God. They will all be heirs, children of God, and a new creation in Christ Jesus. "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name." (John 1:12)

These three nations represent the whole world in the messianic age. There will be at that time one glorious kingdom in which all people will serve the Lord Jesus Christ. All who have entered in will be God's children, and heirs according to His promise. God's grace will overcome the age-old hatreds that exist between the many people groups of the world. His grace will overcome their idolatry, murders, and all other sins to reconcile them to Himself.

If He can do this on a worldwide scale, imagine what He can do in you. Receive Christ and become a child of God. Surrender everything to Him and serve Him. Look forward to the day when Jesus will return with anxious anticipation, because you will see God's blessings go out to the entire world.

Before The Throne:

Pray for that day to come quickly. Thank God for His grace and His blessings upon your life. Pray for His witnesses who are suffering to bring the gospel to the people of the Middle East. Continue to pray that the lies of Islam would be exposed by the events that are taking place over there today. Ask God how you should serve Him today. Promise Him that you will do what He asks. Sing a song of praise and worship to the Savior who will make all these things happen.

For Further Study:

(v.23) Isa 11:16; 35:8-10; 40:3-5; Eph 2:18-22; 3:6-8;

(v.24) ** shall. Isa 6:13; 49:6,22; 65:8,22; 66:12,19-21; De 32:43; Ps 117:1,2; Zec 2:10,11; 8:20-23; Lu 2:32; Ro 10:11-13; 15:9-12,27; ** a blessing. Isa 65:8; Ge 12:2; Eze 34:26; Zec 8:13; Ga 3:14;

(v.25) ** the Lord. Isa 61:9; 65:23; Nu 6:24,27; 24:1; Ps 67:6,7; 115:15; Eph 1:3; ** Blessed. Isa 29:23; Ps 100:3; 138:8; Ho 2:23; Ro 3:29; 9:24,25; Ga 6:15; Eph 2:10; Php 1:6; Col 3:10,11; 1Pe 2:10; ** and Israel. De 32:9;


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