9/15/2015

True Religion (Isaiah 19-20)

"On that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the center of the land of Egypt and a pillar to the Lord near her border" (Isa 19:19, HCSB).

  1. Egypt smitten (19:1-15). Because of her religion (1-4)--idolatry, resources (5-10)--Nile, and self-reliance (11-15)--human wisdom.
  2. Egypt healed (19:16-25).
  3. Egypt unreliable (20:1-6).

Five Marks of True Religion (19:19-22):
  1. Reconciliation (Isa 19:19). Building an altar to God.
  2. Repose (Isa 19:20). Praying and speaking to God.
  3. Revelation (Isa 19:21a). God makes himself known.
  4. Response (Isa 19:21b). Acknowledging God, worship and making vows.
  5. Wholeness (Isa 19:22). Trusting God's providence in striking and healing us.
Egypt: One World, One People, One God (J. Alec Motyer, 2011)
  1. The Smiting of Egypt (19:1-15).
    • Religious and social collapse (1-4)
    • Economic collapse (5-10).
    • Political collapse (11-13).
    • Divine action (14-15).
  2. The Healing of Egypt (19:16-25).
    • In that day (1): The fear of the Lord (16-17).
    • In that day (2): One language, one Lord (18).
    • In that day (3): True religion (19-22).
    • In that day (4): The world in the harmony of worship (23).
    • In that day (5): One world, one people, one Lord (24-25).
  3. Egypt: A Test Case, an Interim Assurance (20:1-6).
Egypt: One God, One World, One People (J. Alec Motyer, 1993, 1999)
  1. The smiting of Egypt predicted (19:1-15).
  2. The healing of Egypt (19:16-25).
  3. The smiting of Egypt exemplified: An interim fulfilment (20:1-6).
God's Plans for Egypt (Gary Smith, 2007)
  1. God will defeat Egypt and her gods (19:1-15).
    • Civil war (1-4).
    • Economic disaster (5-10).
    • Poor leadership (11-15).
  2. God will save Egypt; they will worship God (19:16-25).
    • Egypt's trials (16-17).
    • God's deliverance, Egypt's revival (18-22).
    • Egypt and Assyria will Worship God (23-25).
  3. Isaiah's nakedness symbolizes Egypt's defeat (20:1-6).
Judgment on Egypt (John Oswalt, 1986, 2003)
  1. Egypt has nothing to offer (19:1-24).
    • Egypt's might confounded (19:1-15). Prediction of Egypt's fall.
    • Egypt will come to Judah (19:16-25). Egypt's coming worship of God.
  2. The folly of trusting Egypt (20:1-6). Certainty of Egypt's judgment.
Concerning Egypt (19:1-25) (Barry Webb, 1996)
  1. Judgment (19:1-15).
  2. Salvation (19:16-25).
  3. Isaiah goes naked (20:1-6).
Egypt (19:1-25) (Derek Kidner, 1994)
  1. Egypt brought to its knees (19:1-15).
  2. Egypt converted (19:16-25).
  3. The Ashdod crisis (20:1-6).