7 For the
Egyptians [Mitsrayim] shall help [`azar] in vain [hebel], and to no purpose [riyq]:
therefore have I cried [qara'] concerning this [zo'th], Their [hem] strength [rahab] is to sit still [shebeth].
help is worthless and empty; therefore I have called her “Rahab who sits
The word for strength, rahab, refers to ferocity, haughtiness, boasting, insolence, and herein refers to Egypt, which boasts a lot but does nothing.
Isaiah repeats the same thing that he is already said, which is that placing Israel’s trust in Egypt is the same as placing trust in nothing.
Egypt was once a great nation prior to the Exodus. But after the Exodus and the Egyptian disaster at the Red Sea, that nation went into a tremendous decline, which they never really recovered from, at least not to the extent of their pre-Exodus empire.
So Isaiah uses the word rahab, to indicate a double meeting with respect to a nation that boasts a lot based on their former glory, but in reality was nothing more than an insolent paper tiger.
The principle, since Egypt represents the world, and sin, and defiance against the God of Israel, who is Jesus Christ, is that in any attempt to look to the world for ones meaning and purpose, for ones prosperity and safety, is nothing more than the pursuit of emptiness.
Egypt could do nothing for Israel. The world can do nothing for the individual.
Bible doctrine, which is the written word representing Christ, is the only source of safety and prosperity, and everything else that is meaningful in this world.
Unfortunately, too many people boast in their own understanding, and refuse to listen to correct instruction. And that of course is why people who refuse to listen and learn, fail.
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