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July 25 - Evening

"In the year that the supreme commander, sent by Sargon king of Assyria, came to Ashdod and attacked and captured it — at that time the Lord spoke through Isaiah son of Amoz. He said to him,

'Take off the sackcloth from your body and
the sandals from your feet.'

And he did so, going around stripped and barefoot.

Then the Lord said,
'Just as my servant Isaiah has gone stripped and barefoot for three years, as a sign and portent against Egypt and Cush, so the king of Assyria will lead away stripped and barefoot the Egyptian captives and Cushite exiles, young and old, with buttocks bared—to Egypt’s shame. Those who trusted in Cush and boasted in Egypt will be dismayed and put to shame. In that day the people who live on this coast will say,

"See what has happened to those we relied on, those we fled to for help and deliverance from the king of Assyria! How then can we escape?” ' "

- Isaiah 20

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The Naked Prophet    

Isaiah chapter 20 is a record of events from 712 BC and continued for 3 years until 709 BC.

Sargon (721-705 BC) is mentioned only here in the Bible. This battle siege at Ashdod is recorded in Assyrian documents and is clearly seen in the archaeological layers which preserved the Assyrian victory stela.

Isaiah’s ministry began in 740 BC, but by 712 BC he is wearing sackcloth which is a symbol of mourning. The Lord instructs Isaiah to give the people of Jerusalem a symbolic prophetic image to think about. This is the only symbolic action used by Isaiah. Jeremiah and Ezekiel have many.

The Lord tells Isaiah to remove his sackcloth and his sandals. The impression is that Isaiah went about in private and in public naked and barefoot. Some commentators seem to feel it is necessary to give Isaiah a loin cloth or some covering, but this seems to mute the point and compromise the image.

The removal of foot coverings was a sign of humiliation and punishment. An ancient Hittite text describes the punishment for a guard who neglected his duty as the removal of the guard’s shoe.

Clearly prisoners of war where led away naked. This is seen in full graphic detail in the images on inscriptions and monuments from this time. Sometimes the dignitaries were led away completely stripped naked, but still wearing their crowns or hats that indicated their position of royalty.

At the end of three years the Lord revealed the meaning and gave the interpretation of Isaiah’s actions. The men and the nations that Judah had trusted in would be captured and led away naked by the Assyrians. Judah had failed to trust the Lord. They had instead trusted these international treaties and promises of men who would be walking away into captivity naked and humiliated. Judah’s hope in men was hopeless and disgraceful.
  Christian Quote from Church History
"Nobody's perfect...Well, there was this one guy, but we killed him..."
- Christopher Moore
Something to Ponder??

Damascus is the oldest continuously inhabited city on earth. It has never been completely destroyed although it has faced war many times. Isaiah addresses the complete destruction of Damascus in Isaiah 17:1 when he says, “See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins.”

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Proskuneo (Gr) – worship (Eng) – the Greek word proskuneo means “to worship”,
“to make obeisance,” and “do reverence to.”
Proskuneo is a compound Greek word from pros meaning “towards” and
kuneo which means “pay homage” or “reverence.”
Proskuneo is used in 1 Corinthians 14:25 and John 9:38 along with many other places in the Bible.


A name similar to
Zechariah ben-Benaiah
in 2 Chronicles 20:14 was found inscribed in ancient Hebrew under the rim of a bowl from the 600's BC.
The broken piece of pottery only says
"--riah son of Banah"
(Details HERE and HERE
and HERE. Image HERE.)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Today I will pray for someone who is not listening to the Lord and has rejected his Truth.   "Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is the man who gives false testimony
against his neighbor."

- Proverbs 25:18
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(morning only) Ezekiel 30 Isaiah 39; Psalm 76
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Boat in the Sea of Galilee
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