Verse 1 – In the year that Tartan came to Ashod, when Sargon the King of Assyria sent him, and he fought against Ashod and took it,
Verse 2 – at the same time the Lord spoke by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, “Go and remove the sackcloth from your body, and take your sandals off your feet.” And he did so, walking naked and barefoot.
Verse 3 – Then the Lord said, “Just as My servant Isaiah has walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and a wonder against Egypt and Ethiopia,
Verse 4 – so shall the king of Assyria led away the Egyptians as prisoners and the Ethiopians as captives, young and old, naked and barefoot with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.”
This event took place in 711 B. C.. Isaiah graphically reminds Judah that they should not count on foreign alliances to protect them. God used Isaiah to demonstrate the humiliation that Egypt and Cush would experience at the hands of Assyria.
For three long years Isaiah had to walk around naked and barefoot to his shame and embarrassment. However, this was not to shame the prophet, it was a warning for Judah. Here again this illustrates God’s mercy. When people have hardened their hearts towards God, don’t be surprised when something happens out of the ordinary to get your attention.
Verse 5 – “Then they shall be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia their expectation and Egypt their glory,
Verse 6 – and the inhabitant of this territory will say in that day, ‘Surely such is our expectation, wherever we flee for help to be delivered from the King of Assyria; and how shall we escapee?’ “