16 On that day, Egypt will be like women, and will tremble and be afraid before the waving hand of Yahveh of armies that he waves against it. 17 And the land of Judah will become a terror to Egypt, everyone who hears mention of it will be inwardly afraid because of the plan of Yahveh of armies that he plans against him. 18 On that day, there will be five cities in the land of Egypt that speak the language Canaan speaks, and they will swear an oath to Yahveh of armies. One will be called “City of the Sun.” 19 On that day, the middle of the land of Egypt will be an altar for Yahveh, and a stone pillar for Yahveh will be at her border. 20 And it will be a sign and a witness to Yahveh of armies in the land of Egypt; when they cry out to Yahveh because of oppressors, he will send them a deliverer and a contender and he will deliver them. 21 And Yahveh will make himself known to Egypt, and Egypt will know Yahveh on that day, and they will worship with sacrifice and offering, and they will make a vow to Yahveh, and they will fulfill it. 22 And Yahveh will strike Egypt, striking and healing; and they will return to Yahveh, and he will respond to their prayer, and he will heal them.
Egypt will know Yahveh
Isaiah speaks to his nation, but envisions a time when their old enemy, after being stricken in judgment by Yahveh, turns to him and is healed. The LORD brings a deliverer, who will not rescue his people from Egypt – as Moses did. Instead, the new deliverer will rescue God’s people in Egypt. That is new covenant deliverance.
Perhaps you are an enemy to God and his kingdom. Maybe you read these words as a skeptic and cynical of all things religious and spiritual. Know this, God loves you. He wants to heal you. He is willing to strike you in judgment, but what he really wants is to hear your cry for help, and restore your life. Let him do that.
LORD, deliver us; heal our enmity. Rescue us from ourselves.