Isaiah 19:23-25, The Highway of the Lord
In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians. In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria–a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”
//This is an absolutely fascinating prediction made by Isaiah. The “highway” language of Isaiah surely influenced the Christian language of “the way” in the New Testament and early church, but where does this prophesied highway run?
From Egypt to Assyria, through the middle of Jerusalem. Surely, these were Israel’s two most hated enemies, and Isaiah says they will meet together, serving God together. Israel will be the blessing in the midst of the land.
But there’s more. God calls these two hated enemies his “blessed people” and the “work of his hands.”
“In that day,” Isaiah says, the most hated enemies will become friends. What day do you think he means? Has it come yet? Have all people come together, across the earth, in mutual respect and love and peace? Or is this something we’re still supposed to be working on?
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