Isaiah 19:21-22 I AM the LORD

Thus the LORD will make Himself known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the LORD in that day. They will even worship with sacrifice and offering, and will make a vow to the LORD and perform it.

This is a two way street. Both parties will know each other. The Egyptians will turn from their god(s) and worship the God of Israel. Does this seem possible today (April 2011)? The Egyptians worship towards the God of Israel with oblation, sacrifices, gifts, and tributes. They offer their worship in word, by vow, and by deeds.

The text is very specific who is being worshipped. The name for LORD in this verse is Jehovah. It means the existing one. This is the proper name of the Hebrew God of the Bible. Jehovah is a word that has been translated to English from the Hebrew, Yahweh. The correct spelling is YHWH (Hebrew font is not available).  Scholars refer to this as the Tetragrammaton, Greek for four letters. This name is so sacred, Jews refuse to pronounce it. The name is first introduced in Exodus 3:14 when Moses and God are having a discussion. God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

The LORD will strike Egypt, striking but healing; so they will return to the LORD, and He will respond to them and will heal them.

Egypt gets a spanking. The smiting shall bring about healing. The rod of discipline is used by God. There is a cause and effect. Yes, physical punishment can bring about a change in attitude and behavior. Egypt is struck which causes them to return to LORD. Like a good Father, when His people return to Him, He heals them. The verse does place an emphasis on healing by God. Healing is noted two times in the verse.

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