“Behold, the LORD is riding on a swift cloud and comes to Egypt; and the idols of Egypt will tremble at his presence” (19:1). Isaiah, prophet of a small Mediterranean kingdom, boldly prophesied Egypt’s downfall at the hands of the Assyrians. The ancient Egyptian empire had produced sophisticated culture, tamed the Nile, and built the pyramids, dominating much of the known world, yet “the Lord of hosts” said that their destruction was coming.
Putting our hope for protection or survival in “the Egyptians” – the power structures of our world who promise great things – always fails in the end (20:6). God alone is our Rock of Refuge (17:10).