This chapter addresses the land of Cush (Ethiopia), known for its swift messengers and tall, smooth-skinned people. Isaiah describes a scene where God quietly watches from His dwelling place before decisively acting. The chapter then shifts to a future time when God will gather all nations to Mount Zion. The imagery of pruning and reaping is used to describe God’s judgment and gathering of His people. The chapter is notable for its lack of a direct call for repentance or specific details of judgment against Cush, instead focusing on God's overarching plan for the nations. It serves as a reminder of God's sovereignty over all countries and His ultimate purpose of uniting people under His reign.

Isaiah 18

1  Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:

2  That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, saying, Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land the rivers have spoiled!

3  All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, when he lifteth up an ensign on the mountains; and when he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye.

4  For so the LORD said unto me, I will take my rest, and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.

5  For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and take away and cut down the branches.

6  They shall be left together unto the fowls of the mountains, and to the beasts of the earth: and the fowls shall summer upon them, and all the beasts of the earth shall winter upon them.

7  In that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion.

End of Isaiah 18

1 Year Plan:  Sept 14 - Isa 18, Isa 19, 1 Th 1

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