Isaiah Lesson 20
Distributed by: KJV Bible Studies
Introduction: We covered in chapter 19 the ‘burdens’ upon the neighboring nation of Egypt. Foretold is the impending judgment against Egypt which apparently was to be fulfilled in the not distant future. However, there also is prophecy looking toward Egypt and Assyria in the Day of the Lord.
Chapter 20 is a continuation of the burden of judgment prophesied against Egypt. Unique details regarding the life and ministry of Isaiah are provided. Judgment is also foretold against Ethiopia. The greater message however is for Judah.
I. A Sign Against Egypt and Cush
Isa 20:1 In the year that Tartan came unto Ashdod, (when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him,) and fought against Ashdod, and took it;
Isa 20:2 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.
The time frame of this prophecy is noted. It was in the year that Tartan came unto Ashdod, a city of the Philistines and fought against Ashdod and took it. Sargon the king of Assyria sent him. The Tartan mentioned is the same one noted in II Kings 18:17. There, it is evident that he was a high-ranking commander in the Assyrian army.
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