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Isaiah 19:21-22

Smiting and Healing

21 And the LORD shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the LORD in that day, and shall do sacrifice and oblation; yea, they shall vow a vow unto the LORD, and perform it. 22 And the LORD shall smite Egypt: he shall smite and heal it: and they shall return even to the LORD, and he shall be intreated of them, and shall heal them.

The seed finally will have matured and the kingdom of God will have enveloped all of Egypt. It began with an altar and a stone. Five small cities believed and the kingdom grew.

"Yahweh shall be known to Egypt." He would literally make Himself known to all of Egypt. The testimony of the five cities, the evidence of Yahweh’s presence and the preaching of men who were sent by God would combine to do this. In this manner, God would reveal Himself to those who were once strangers and aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God. Now they would be fellow citizens with the saints.

The Egyptians would then know God on a personal level. These once heathen people would have a relationship with Yahweh, the true God of creation and of their salvation. They would worship Him through sacrifice and oblation. The original language is emphatic, indicating that both blood sacrifices and bloodless offerings would be made.

If we looked for the fulfillment of this part of the prophecy during the Old Testament dispensation, we would be disappointed. Of course there were many Jews in Egypt. The country had much to offer, and Jewish people had been moving there since Solomon's reign. Surely these Jewish immigrants had an influence on the Egyptians and many Egyptians were converted to Judaism, but it was nothing close to the scale mentioned in these verses.

This is a Messianic prophecy. The blood sacrifice represents the worship of Jesus Christ by those who have been cleansed by the blood, which He shed for them. He is the passover Lamb. The bloodless sacrifices represent the people of Egypt who would present their bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable to God.

These committed Christians will make vows and keep them. Isaiah is not speaking of legalistic vows such as a vow of celibacy, a vow of poverty, or a vow of silence. These things have nothing to do with service to God. Instead, he speaks of vows that are made from the heart and from an understanding of God's will. They are vows that are a joy to keep, because they spring from a close relationship with the Lord.

"And the LORD shall smite Egypt." This is the promise that the Egyptian converts will have eternal security in Jesus Christ, like every other Christian. "For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons." (Hebrews 12:6-8)

God smites and heals. He punishes us for our transgressions; we return to Him and pray for relief; and He heals our wounds and makes us stronger from the experience.

In the story of the exodus, Egypt is symbolic of the sinful world, with its false gods and its enmity toward God's Son, Israel. God brought Israel out of that sin and separated her into her own land, just as He has brought every Christian out of a life of sin and sanctified him for His purpose. In the end, God will reconcile the world to Himself. "That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:" (Ephesians 1:10)

Do you belong to Him? Then understand that He will chastise you when you err. He will bring you back to Him, but you must turn and pray for Him to help you. The most wonderful thing about being a child of God is knowing that Jesus heals. He will heal our infirmities, our relationships, our finances and, best of all, our sins.

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." (Isaiah 1:18)


Before The Throne:

Thank the Lord for this picture of the awesome work that He is doing in this world. Continue to pray for nations like Egypt, which are under the influence of wicked spiritual forces. Pray for the Christians in Arab countries. Ask God to make their testimonies heard and understood. Pray that the dangers of being a Christian in those countries will be removed and that many people will get saved. If you are going through a time of chastening, thank the Lord for showing that He loves you. Pray for relief and thank Him in advance for healing you.

For Further Study:

(v.21) ** Lord shall. Isa 11:9; 37:20; 55:5; 1Sa 17:46; 1Ki 8:43; Ps 67:2; 98:2,3; Hab 2:14; Joh 17:3; Ga 4:8,9; ** and shall. Zep 3:10; Mal 1:11; Joh 4:21-24; Ro 15:27,28; 1Pe 2:5,9; ** shall vow. Isa 44:5; Ec 5:4; Jon 1:16;

(v.22) ** he shall smite. De 32:39; Job 5:18; Ho 5:15; 6:2; Heb 12:11; ** they shall. Isa 6:10; 55:7; Ho 14:1; Am 4:6-12; Ac 26:17-20; 28:26,27;


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