“Egypt My People”…Huh?

There are a lot of things that I have yet to learn about God’s Word and about God’s grace toward mankind.  That’s why I rejoice in the following passage from the book of Isaiah, chapter 19…

24 In that day Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, 25 whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.”

Did you get that…Israel, Egypt and Assyria will be united.  Now, after you have done a “Cheeto’s Cheeta” head shake read that statement again…Israel, Egypt and Assyria will be united!  Isn’t there something wrong with that statement?  Don’t those three nations seem to be at odds with each other throughout history so that their unity seems suspect?  How can Egypt and Assyria ever be united?  They are historically arch enemies, constantly in conflict with each other.  Look at how gracious the Lord is toward the nations:

  • Blessed be Egypt my people… (what?)
  • Blessed be Assyria the work of my hands…(Huh?)
  • Blessed be Israel my inheritance…(Right…but)

Hmm…  So there may be hope for us after all, eh?  Let’s read some more of the Isaiah 19 passage…

16 In that day the Egyptians will be like women, and tremble with fear before the hand that the Lord of hosts shakes over them. 17 And the land of Judah will become a terror to the Egyptians. Everyone to whom it is mentioned will fear because of the purpose that the Lord of hosts has purposed against them.

18 In that day there will be five cities in the land of Egypt that speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the Lord of hosts. One of these will be called the City of Destruction.

19 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. 20 It will be a sign and a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt. When they cry to the Lord because of oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and deliver them. 21 And the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day and worship with sacrifice and offering, and they will make vows to the Lord and perform them. 22 And the Lord will strike Egypt, striking and healing, and they will return to the Lord, and he will listen to their pleas for mercy and heal them.

O.K. so God, in that day, will both “strike” and “heal” Egypt, which results in their return to the Lord.  That sounds very much like what we know to be “the Gospel”.  Wickedness confronted, conviction, repentance and the granting of mercy.  One fruit of that repentance will be the reconciling of relationships…

23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and Assyria will come into Egypt, and Egypt into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians.

The old arch enemies are building a highway between each other.  There is friendship, relationship and joint worship taking place.

24 In that day Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, 25 whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.”

So, think about this…

What we have here is an example of how God restores relationships, of how he extends eternal mercy to His enemies and His people’s enemies.  It is an example for us so that we can find hope and grace in the midst of our trials and discouragements.  It is a reminder for us to maintain our Christ-likeness as God is at work, even in our most difficult circumstances, especially when we are mistreated by those who are against God and His will.

It also sheds light on God’s promise that “in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3

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6 thoughts on ““Egypt My People”…Huh?

  1. Josh

    this is absolute rubbish.

    read church history.

    This passage is talking about The Church of alexandria (coptic orthodox church) and how they are in communion with the Assyrians as part of the “oriental orthodox church”

    Egypt is blessed because of the horrible suppression they suffer under the muslim population ever since the arabs invaded (7th century)

    and if u find the center of Egypt, you will find the altar in which the Lord Christ concecrated himself during his flee to Egypt.

    1. iman soliman

      dear josh
      if your theory is correct, would u please tell me why egypt is not among the countries that will invade israel in the last days as stasted in eziekial 37-38?

      1. Mo Adam

        Non-sequitur. Being or not being one of the countries that invades, has no bearing on whether it was referred to in the previous statement.

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  3. This prophecy when applied to the present era is a bit different from what it mean in the past as the various tribal elements of ancient nations have migrated to the west resulting in Egypt becoming modern Spain ,while the offspring of Chaldean Abraham are now in the French nation.It must be noted Abraham was a reformed Chaldean hence he would be a French Protestant.A similar transformation occurred among the Assyrians whose westward migration produce the German nation.That these three nations Spain ,France and Germany are in one European Union might make the prophecy of Isaiah more plausible.It may also mean that these racial types will unite in the Western Hemisphere to form the paradise of tomorrow,a hemispheric version of the United kingdom which has all three racial strains represented in the Irish,Scot and English.

    1. takla

      Jracforr, you have written an interesting explanation. However it is not what the LORD says. I believe in a literal meaning of the bible. I agree with all what Josh has mentioned. I think this prophecy has not been fulfilled. Copts and Assyrians are worshipping together. The alter in the middle of Egypt is in Assiut. It is an ancient monastery.The missing part is the totality of all three nations which is yet to materialize.

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