Bible Study-ISA-Chapter 20

The Book of Isaiah

Chapter 20

The Captivity-Assyria

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     Our Father starts this chapter by giving us a small timeline and it’s about the same as when you’re telling a story to someone and you want them to reference some past occurrence so that you’re both on the same page as to when these events, that you will soon talk about, happened.

     Isaiah 20:1 In the year that Tartan came unto Ashdod, (when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him,) and fought against Ashdod, and took it;

     “Remember that year when ‘ole Tartan came into the city of Ashdod? You remember, when the King of Assyria, Sargon, sent him there to defeat it. Oh yeah, now I know what you’re talking about. That was about the time that Katie had her second child, wasn’t it? Sure was.”

     Now they’re both on the same page. You go on with the rest of your story…


     “It was about the same time that the Lord God spoke to Isaiah….you remember Isaiah, the second boy that Amoz had. That’s the day that he told that ‘old boy to take off his pants and shoes and walk around naked. Boy, that’ll get somebody's attention. Yep, sure will.”

     Isaiah 20:2 At the same time spake the Lord by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, Go and loose the sackcloth from off thy loins, and put off thy shoe from thy foot. And he did so, walking naked and barefoot.

     What you’re reading here is prophetic symbolism to illustrate a truth that will come forthwith.

     Tartan was an Assyrian in the King’s army and obviously high up in rank, as a Commander would be because he spoke directly to King Sargon.

     What’s also happening here is the mention of Sargon’s name. Nowhere else, in all of Scripture, is this name, Sargon, ever mentioned again. And I will soon do a special study on Sargon and I think that you will be surprised as to who he truly is. Surprised, as well, that this name is only once in the entire bible.

     Isaiah wasn’t the only prophet that did some weird things and I’ll only mention one other. Ezekiel. He laid down on his right side for 390 days and at the end of that time, he rolled over on his left side and stayed there for another 390 days.

     But regardless of how insane some of these prophets acted, it always aligned with our Father’s wishes. There was a divine purpose for doing each and every act.

     Isaiah 20:3 And the Lord said, Like as my servant Isaiah hath walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and wonder upon Egypt and upon Ethiopia;

     Ethiopia is described as “the land of burnt faces”. Wow. What a beautiful description.

     Egypt and Ethiopia are presented as allies in this chapter. The House of Israel was anticipating forming an alliance with Egypt and Ethiopia and did not know that three years down the road the Assyrian army would defeat both nations, under the direction of our Father Himself.

     So, in essence, His people, the Israelites, were to be warned to not look to these two countries for protection because soon our Father would destroy them.

     Isaiah 20:4 So shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians prisoners, and the Ethiopians captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, even with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.

     The fulfillment of the naked prophet Isaiah. It was an embarrassing situation for these prisoners to be unclothed in this manner.

     Isaiah 20:5 And they shall be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia their expectation, and of Egypt their glory.

     Who shall be afraid and ashamed? The Israelites. They looked to Egypt and Ethiopia for their protection and guidance instead of relying on our Father to provide that to them. Now Egypt and Ethiopia have been defeated and their expectation has been taken away.

     Isaiah 20:6 And the inhabitant of this isle shall say in that day, Behold, such is our expectation, whither we flee for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria: and how shall we escape? KJV

     To be delivered from the king of Assyria. Did you catch that? Now they’re afraid of the Assyrians AND the Egyptians to whom they were looking for protection!

     When you look to mankind, as in this chapter, or familiar spirits and idols, as in chapter 19:3, you are always going to have your expectations destroyed. If they had simply turned to the Father they would not have brought this burden upon themselves, as I mentioned earlier in chapter 19.

     Our Father doesn’t bring these burdens on us, we do it to ourselves. We think that we’re so smart that we don’t need Father in our lives and time after time, over and over again, He proves us wrong and we are so glad and grateful for His love when we go back to Him but it only lasts for a short period of time and we’re right back in the cesspool of our own making and choice.

     The longer you stay away from the love and protection of our Father the harder it will be to go back to Him. That’s a fact of life. That’s a fact of humanity. It’s called pride. And, usually, it will take a crisis in your life to finally go to him, in prayer, and say “Father, please help me.”

     And the moment that you say those words you have opened the door to your heart and allowed Him to come in and look around. At that point the worst of it is over. I’m not talking about the crisis that put you in this position, Lord knows that there will be a thousand more coming down the road in the future, but you have humbled yourself before your Creator and asked Him to help you and when you repent you stand clean in front of Him.

     You have a fresh start on a new day. Don’t waste it.


—4 May 2016—