by Rev Joel Yong
In the year when King Sargon of Assyria sent his commander-in-chief to fight against Ashdod, he captured it. At that time the LORD told Isaiah, son of Amoz, “Take off the sackcloth that you are wearing, and take off your sandals!” Isaiah did this and walked around barefoot and naked. Then the LORD said, “My servant Isaiah has gone barefoot and naked for three years as a sign and as an omen to Egypt and Sudan. The king of Assyria will lead away both the young and the old–captives from Egypt and exiles from Sudan. They will be barefoot and naked. Their buttocks will be exposed in order to disgrace Egypt.
Often prophets like Isaiah and Ezekiel had to resort to extreme actions to prove a point and get the people’s attention.
Isaiah walked around completely naked for 3 years to draw attention to his point. That Egypt will be attacked and their citizens led away naked.
Too often people’s hearts are hardened and numb and don’t take messages they hear seriously unless the message is delivered in an attention grabbing manner.
No wonder Isaiah had to so this.
Ezekiel had to cook his food over human feces.
Jeremiah had to wear the same underwear for 3 years.
John the Baptist had to wear animal skins and eat locusts in the desert.
All to draw the attention of a people who had grown deaf to God’s Word.
That my friend, is how much God loves you and this world.
He would go to extremes so that you will listen.
He stretched out both hands and died crucified to a cross so you would be saved.