Egypt, at one time, represented the height of human power, wisdom, and innovation. But it also represented human arrogance, and cruelty. The latter was evidenced by the enslaving of the Hebrew people in the account of Genesis. Egypt’s indecency, which has been replicated many times over, highlights the darkness of man. But into this darkness God’s light shines. We read about this in Isaiah 19, where in the midst of a rebuke toward Egypt the Lord’s merciful nature comes forth. God issued a promise to preserve the Egyptian people. Think of the significance of this. In the very land where the people of God were tortured and held against their will God’s grace was extended. The point being, the Lord’s love for mankind is universal. God does not hold grudges as humanity does. The Lord cares for all of creation, even the idol-seeking, God-forsaking among us, which we are guilty of to varying degrees. In summary, God’s love, forgiveness, and grace are intended for all.
Isaiah 19:21 “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.” (NIV)
Kevin Orr (7/16/2019)