Some nations turn their hearts back to the Lord

Isaiah Bible Background

09.30.2016 – Old Testament: Isa 19.18–25

To read the Bible in a year, read Isaiah 19–21 on September 30, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Most of what the Bible says about Egyptians is not good, because for centuries they had been an evil people, but the Lord keeps the door open and some people will turn back to the Lord, which Egypt eventually did,

In that day five cities in the land of Egypt will speak the language of Canaan and swear by the LORD of hosts; one will be called the City of Destruction. In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the LORD at its border. And it will be for a sign and for a witness to the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the LORD because of the oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Mighty One, and He will deliver them. Then the LORD will be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the LORD in that day, and will make sacrifice and offering; yes, they will make a vow to the LORD and perform it. And the LORD will strike Egypt, He will strike and heal it; they will return to the LORD, and He will be entreated by them and heal them. In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians. In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria—a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance” (Isaiah 19.18–25) 

Sure enough, in the first few centuries of the church, Christianity had a powerful presence in the land of Egypt. Even before Christ, you can see the influence of the Jews because of the Septuagint translation. You may see references to it in the marginal notes of your Bible, or you might see this in the notes: LXX. That Roman numeral representing 70, stands for the number of translators who translated the Hebrew Bible into Greek. That Greek translation is often quoted in the New Testament, although you may not be aware of it: The Septuagint was made in Alexandria, Egypt!

Questions:

  • Have you see people turn to Christ when you never expected them to do so?
  • What have you seen in people’s lives that turned them to Christ?

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