-Isaiah is asked of the LORD to go barefoot and naked as a sign and token against Egypt and Cush (Ethiopia). This happens in the year that the commander of Sargon II, the king of Assyria, was sent to fight against and capture Ashdod (711 B.C.). The prophecy is meant to reveal that the king of Assyria would lead away the captives of Egypt and the exiles of Cush, both young and old, naked and barefoot with buttocks uncovered to their shame. These two nations will be dismayed and ashamed because they hoped in themselves and did not seek after God. There will be no escape for them. This message was really intended to make Judah realize that they could not trust in foreign governments to save them either. *Application* God asked Isaiah to something that must have seemed ridiculously shameful and illogical. The LORD may also ask us to do some things that will indeed stretch us and evade our limited understanding. Will we obey God in complete faith at these times trusting that He is never wrong and will in the end uphold and make us His kind of success? God will never make you do something that is wrong to your long-term detriment, and He will always justify His actions in the final analysis. Trust Him in the meantime.
Verse to Memorize: Isaiah 20:3