16 In that day the Egyptians will become weaklings. They will shudder
with fear at the uplifted hand that the LORD Almighty raises against them.
17 And the land of Judah will bring terror to the Egyptians; everyone to
whom Judah is mentioned will be terrified, because of what the LORD
Almighty is planning against them.18 In that day five cities in Egypt will
speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the LORD Almighty.
One of them will be called the City of the Sun.19 In that day there will be
an altar to the LORD in the heart of Egypt, and a monument to the LORD
at its border. 20 It will be a sign and witness to the LORD Almighty in the
land of Egypt. When they cry out to the LORD because of their oppressors,
he will send them a savior and defender, and he will rescue them. 21
So the LORD will make himself known to the Egyptians, and in that day
they will acknowledge the LORD. They will worship with sacrifices and
grain offerings; they will make vows to the LORD and keep them. 22 The
LORD will strike Egypt with a plague; he will strike them and heal them.
They will turn to the LORD, and he will respond to their pleas and heal
them.23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The
Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria. The Egyptians
and Assyrians will worship together. 24 In that day Israel will be the third,
along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on the earth. 25 The LORD Almighty
will bless them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my
handiwork, and Israel my inheritance. ”
1.This passage includes the remarkable image of the Egyptians and
Assyrians, bitter enemies of Israel, worshiping together. And each
was referred to as “my people”, “my handwork”, and “my inheritance”.
This shows the vision of the Old Testament reaching well
beyond ethnic parochialism to the world of the Gentiles who are
also cared for by God.
2.It’s difficult to hate someone whom you pray with and for. In Chinese
culture, we have an often derogatory way of thinking about
and speaking of other ethnicities. They are also God’s creation and
His beloved children. We need to begin by asking God for forgiveness
and turning away from our sin. You may also consider attending
a worship service of another denomination or tradition, one that
seems very foreign to you. See what you learn about what you
share and where you differ.
Prayer & Journaling: Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse
with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down
any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.