19:14 The Lord has sent a spirit of foolishness on them, so all their suggestions are wrong. It is so fascinating to me that I never noticed just how sovereign God is until this year, even though I had all these verses underlined from before! They never quite sunk in as deep as they needed to go. What peace!
19:22 The Lord will strike Egypt, and then he will bring healing. For the Egyptians will turn to the Lord, and he will listen to their pleas and heal them. Did you ever notice the "national judgment" that God brings in the OT? He will judge entire countries all at once, with either punishment or healing. It is a noteworthy detail!
19:20 When the people cry to the Lord for help against those who oppress them, he will send them a savior who will rescue them. So many Messianic prophecies in Isaiah. Love it!
19:23-25 In that day Egypt and Assyria will be connected by a highway. The Egyptians and Assyrians will move freely between their lands, and they will both worship God. And Israel will be their ally. The three will be together, and Israel will be a blessing to them. For the Lord of Heaven's Armies will say, "Blessed be Egypt, my people. Blessed be Assyria, the land I have made. Blessed be Israel, my special possession!" As far as I know of, that's never happened! Can you imagine world peace with me for a moment? Seems so impossible!
20:2 The Lord told Isaiah son of Amoz, "Take off the burlap you have been wearing, and remove your sandals." Isaiah did as he was told and walked around naked and barefoot (for three years). Whoa...what a trip! Sounds like one of those nightmares I've had. Sometimes the things God has asked people to do are just so bizarre. I would rank this up there at the top.
21:2 I will make an end to all the groaning Babylon caused. Assuming this is at the end of the age, remember that Revelation is FULL of talk about Babylon, probably in a spiritual sense. Could possibly be a physical Babylon too, but I sort of doubt it these days. I think God is purposely going to keep the blinders on as the end unfolds.
21:2-4 It is frightening when you consider all of the prophets who were given visions of end times are so overcome with fear and dread, they can barely speak. That does not make me feel very comforted about what's ahead!
21:8-10 Then the watchman called out, "Day after day I have stood on the watchtower, my lord. Night after night I have remained at my post. Now at last-look! Here comes a man in a chariot with a pair of horses!" Then the watchman said, "Babylon is fallen, fallen! All the idols of Babylon lie broken on the ground!" O my people, threshed and winnowed, I have told you everything the Lord of Heaven's Armies has said, everything the God of Israel has told me. The first few times I read this, I applied it personally. If we are to break the power of Babylon and its idols in our hearts and lives, we must put a watchman up on the tower day and night. Have you noticed how Satan attacks when your guard is down and you are not practicing vigilance?
On another level, what a wonderful day that will be when our watchman shouts that Babylon is fallen for good! Also notice the reference to the Lord's people being threshed and winnowed in that day (think, "wheat harvest").
23:13-14 Don't fail to discipline your children. They won't die if you spank them. Physical discipline may well save them from death. What kind of death are we talking about?
(NASB) Do not hold back discipline from the child, although you strike him with the rod, he will not die. You shall strike him with the rod and rescue his soul from Sheol. Hey, it's the grave we're talking! Physical death. He won't die from discipline, but he might without it!