In the year that Tartan came unto Ashdod, (when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him,) and fought against Ashdod, and took it;
2 At the same time spake the Lord by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, Go and loose the sackcloth from off thy loins, and put off thy shoe from thy foot. And he did so, walking naked and barefoot.
3 And the Lord said, Like as my servant Isaiah hath walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and wonder upon Egypt and upon Ethiopia;
4 So shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians prisoners, and the Ethiopians captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, even with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.
5 And they shall be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia their expectation, and of Egypt their glory.
6 And the inhabitant of this isle shall say in that day, Behold, such is our expectation, whither we flee for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria: and how shall we escape?
Where can we place our trust? Some trust in money, others in people. Judah relied on seemingly stable, indestructible nations: Egypt and Ethiopia. However, these nations failed to protect them against the Assyrian attacks.
When facing challenges, where can we take refuge? What should we do in the face of threatening situations? The prophet Isaiah walked almost naked and barefoot for three years showing the humiliation that the world political powers would face (vs. 1-5). When even the great world powers fail, "how shall we escape?" (v. 6).
Jesus humbled Himself even more than Isaiah in order to save the Jews and us. He became a man, lived among us for three and a half years, died on a cross devoid of clothing and provided our only way of escape. If the Jews had paid attention to Isaiah's messages they would have been safe. We too will be saved, if we heed the message of the God who humbled himself (Philippians 2: 5-11).
Let us accept Christ as our Savior - the only one who can save us.
Heber Toth Armí
District pastor at Osorio, Rio Grande o Sul, Brazil