You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
4 So shall
the king [melek] of Assyria ['Ashshuwr] lead
away [nahag] the Egyptians [Mitsrayim] prisoners [shabiy], and the
Ethiopians [Kuwsh] captives [galuwth], young [na`ar] and old [zaqen], naked [`arowm] and
barefoot [yacheph], even with their buttocks [shethah] uncovered [chasaph], to the
shame [`ervah] of Egypt [Mitsrayim]. KJV-Interlinear
4 so the
king of Assyria will lead away the captives of Egypt and the exiles of Cush,
young and old, naked and barefoot with buttocks uncovered, to the shame of
Cush, the son of Ham, the son of Noah. The descendants of Cush settled in the region of Africa, and that region is commonly called Cush. Likewise, Ethiopia is the region beyond Egypt and is also referred to as the balance of Africa, being beyond Egypt. So these are synonymous terms, identifying the same general region.
Egypt and Ethiopia were the more populated and developed regions and had national entities with armies and commerce and such.
Assyria in the north, had been flexing its muscles, causing Syria, Samaria, and the Philistines to enter into common defense pacts with Egypt and Ethiopia, but primarily Egypt, against Assyria.
Assyria soon crushed Syria, Samaria, and the Philistines along the Mediterranean coast, which we call, Gaza, in our present day. And now had its sights on Egypt and beyond.
Judah was in the middle of it all.
Isaiah warned Judah to not get involved, to not turn to Egypt, but to turn to God for their defense.
But what did Judah do? Exactly the opposite that Isaiah warned against.
And here is a stronger warning.
Egypt and Ethiopia, which Ethiopia is even further away and across huge desert regions, are both going to fall.
And their citizens, both young and old, both common and royal, both male and female are going to be humiliated to the maximum. They are to lose not only their possessions, but their dignity. That is, those who manage to stay alive. An alliance with them means disaster.
So again, since the Bible is written to each person throughout history, for the benefit of each person throughout history, then what is in this lesson for us?
Ignore your spiritual responsibilities, remain indifferent toward even learning what your spiritual responsibilities are, namely resisting to read your daily study, not confessing regularly and appropriately, and therefore not growing up, and you have nothing to face but your own ruin.
God gives you your entire lifespan to get it right, but sooner or later God pulls the plug on you in this world and after that you have no do-overs.
Don’t be a fool and think that some temporary success in this life is proof of your doing it all right.
God evaluates you on the spiritual content of your soul, not on your possessions in this world.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.