Isaiah 19-20 & 2 Peter 1

Isaiah 19-20

    An oracle concerning Egypt.

    Behold, the LORD is riding on a swift cloud
        and comes to Egypt;
    and the idols of Egypt will tremble at his presence,
        and the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.
    And I will stir up Egyptians against Egyptians,
        and they will fight, each against another
        and each against his neighbor,
        city against city, kingdom against kingdom;
    and the spirit of the Egyptians within them will be emptied out,
        and I will confound their counsel;
    and they will inquire of the idols and the sorcerers,
        and the mediums and the necromancers;
    and I will give over the Egyptians
        into the hand of a hard master,
    and a fierce king will rule over them,
        declares the Lord GOD of hosts.
    And the waters of the sea will be dried up,
        and the river will be dry and parched,
    and its canals will become foul,
        and the branches of Egypt's Nile will diminish and dry up,
        reeds and rushes will rot away.
    There will be bare places by the Nile,
        on the brink of the Nile,
    and all that is sown by the Nile will be parched,
        will be driven away, and will be no more.
    The fishermen will mourn and lament,
        all who cast a hook in the Nile;
    and they will languish
        who spread nets on the water.
    The workers in combed flax will be in despair,
        and the weavers of white cotton.
    Those who are the pillars of the land will be crushed,
        and all who work for pay will be grieved.
    The princes of Zoan are utterly foolish;
        the wisest counselors of Pharaoh give stupid counsel.
    How can you say to Pharaoh,
        “I am a son of the wise,
        a son of ancient kings”?
    Where then are your wise men?
        Let them tell you
        that they might know what the LORD of hosts has purposed against Egypt.
    The princes of Zoan have become fools,
        and the princes of Memphis are deluded;
    those who are the cornerstones of her tribes
        have made Egypt stagger.
    The LORD has mingled within her a spirit of confusion,
    and they will make Egypt stagger in all its deeds,
        as a drunken man staggers in his vomit.
    And there will be nothing for Egypt
        that head or tail, palm branch or reed, may do.
        In that day the Egyptians will be like women, and tremble with fear before the hand that the LORD of hosts shakes over them. 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.

    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.

    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. 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. 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. 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.

    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.

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

    In the year that the commander in chief, who was sent by Sargon the king of Assyria, came to Ashdod and fought against it and captured it—at that time the LORD spoke by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, “Go, and loose the sackcloth from your waist and take off your sandals from your feet,” and he did so, walking naked and barefoot.

    Then the LORD said, “As my servant Isaiah has walked naked and barefoot for three years as a sign and a portent against Egypt and Cush, so shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptian captives and the Cushite exiles, both the young and the old, naked and barefoot, with buttocks uncovered, the nakedness of Egypt. Then they shall be dismayed and ashamed because of Cush their hope and of Egypt their boast. And the inhabitants of this coastland will say in that day, ‘Behold, this is what has happened to those in whom we hoped and to whom we fled for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria! And we, how shall we escape?’”

(Isaiah 19-20 ESV)

2 Peter 1

    Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,

    To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:

    May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

    His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.

    For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

(2 Peter 1 ESV)

2 Peter 1: A tree that is failing to grow is a tree that will remain unfruitful. Any tree that seeks to flourish and be fruitful above the surface must first grow strong and solid in its hidden foundation below the surface. For the Christian, our faith will remain unfruitful unless we first grow strong and solid in the hidden foundation of our heart and mind.

An effort for excellence, understanding, discipline and consistency with our devotion to God will lead to a harvest of love for God and a love for others. "For if these qualities are yours and increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." Therefore, we must firmly root ourselves in God's Word in order to get the nourishment from the Spirit that we need in order to bear the type of glorious fruit that our faith requires.