Isaiah 17-19 A Remnant Out Of Judgment From Egypt, Assyria, And Israel.
The message of chapter 17, like unto 13, is called a ‘burden’, in the latter case, the proclamation against Babylon, here against Syria and Israel. Yet when their judgment was finished there would be a remnant that would remain. This was because they had forgotten the God of their salvation, and the Rock of their stronghold (v. 10). This was followed by a proclamation against Ethiopia. Judgment coming would be the LORD taking His rest (18:4), and yet there would come a time when there would also be those from Ethiopia who would come before “the LORD of hosts, to Mount Zion” (v. 7).
Isaiah also received a ‘burden’ concerning Egypt, again concerning the judgment of the LORD against their idolatry. Part of this judgment would be them fighting each other, and having their counsel be one of confusion (19:1-15), and they also would be overtaken by another nation (v. 4). However, there would come a day when Egypt would also call on the LORD and worship Him (vv. 16-33). “In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria-a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, ‘Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance’” (vv. 24-25).