In these chapters, we see God calling Isaiah to prophesy about all of Judah’s powerful neighbors. How would you like to have been in Isaiah’s sandals? Some of the prophecies he spoke against these powerful nations could have, quite literally, landed him in hot water or, I would think, have led to the loss of his life. Yet, Isaiah obeyed God’s call anyway.
In chapter 20, God even calls Isaiah to walk around naked for three years to provide an object lesson to go along with his prophecy. Isaiah’s nakedness was a prophetic warning about how Assyria would lead away the Egyptians and the Ethiopians as captives “naked and barefoot, with buttocks uncovered”. What would you have done if you were Isaiah and God asked you to provide this kind of object lesson? The amazing thing is that Isaiah obeyed. Perhaps, it is not so amazing since Isaiah was the one who said to God, “Here am I, send me.” Isaiah’s willingness to serve God and obey his bidding no matter what was indeed quite remarkable.
We see here the truth of what the Lord will say later in this book….
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Sometimes the Lord asks us to do things that may seem crazy or even dangerous. The question is: will we walk in trust and obedience like Isaiah?