This oracle is about Egypt, but was not directed to Egypt. Isaiah aimed this message to the people of Jerusalem as a caution against forming an alliance with the Egyptians. In a sense, this was a divine op-ed piece about what would happen to Egypt.
The Egyptians themselves would undergo the trauma detailed in this oracle without the benefit of this divine commentary. They would, so to speak, encounter domestic collapse like a front-page story; they would experience the what without understanding the why.
Yet the God of Israel is the God of the nations, and He had a purposes even in the collapse of Egyptian society. Those plans would transform the world in a way visible even today.
Text: Isaiah 19–20
- domestic collapse
- multinational oneness