Isaiah 7:18-20 God’s whistle for Flies and Bees.

Isa 7:18 On that day the LORD will whistle for the flies that are at the distant branches of the Nile River in Egypt and for the bees that are in Assyria.
Isa 7:19 All of them will come and settle in the deep valleys, in the cracks in the cliffs, on all the thornbushes, and at all the water holes.
Isa 7:20 “On that day the Lord will hire the king of Assyria from beyond the Euphrates River to be a razor to shave the hair on your head, the hair on your legs, and even your beard.

Notes V.18.: On that day the LORD will whistle ……

whistle =hiss KJV or to be shrill…The prophet has already stated, in Isa_5:26, that Jehovah would hiss for distant nations; and how he is able to describe them by name. The Egyptian nation, with its vast and unparalleled numbers, is compared to the swarming fly; and the Assyrian nation, with its love of war and conquest, to the stinging bee which is so hard to keep off (Deu_1:44; Psa_118:12). The emblems also correspond to the nature of the two countries: the fly to slimy Egypt with its swarms of insects (see Isa_18:1),K&D’s Commentary….and the bee to the more mountainous and woody Assyria, where the keeping of bees is still one of the principal branches of trade.

So they believe that the flies and bees are really distant armies that the LORD will whistle for.

Isa 7:20 “On that day the Lord will hire the king of Assyria from beyond the Euphrates River to be a razor to shave the hair on your head, the hair on your legs, and even your beard.

The Razor : The Assyrians will be God’s instrument to devastate the land of Judah. see Isaiah 10:5″How horrible it will be for Assyria! It is the rod of my anger. My fury is the staff in the Assyrians’ hands.”

Shave – The act of shaving off the hair denotes punishment or disgrace; compare 2Sa_10:4 : ‘Hanun took David’s servants, and shaved off one half of their beards;’ 1Ch_19:4.

That is hired – This is an allusion to the custom of hiring soldiers, or employing mercenary armies. Thus Great Britain employed mercenary troops, or hired of the Germans bodies of Hessians to carry on the war in America. The meaning here is, that God would employ the Assyrians as his instruments, to effect his purposes, as though they were hired and paid by the plunder and spoil of the nation.
By them beyond the river – The river Euphrates. The Euphrates is usually meant in the Scriptures where ‘the river’ is mentioned without specifying the name; Psa_72:8; Psa_80:2. This was the river which Abraham had passed; and this, perhaps, was, for a long time, the eastern boundary of their geographical knowledge; see the note at Isa_11:15.

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Devastation in Normandy France June 1944

Application : God uses the amazing instrument of political circumstances to punish His people. He can even bring foreign armies to invade the land and strip it bare as a punishment for the sins of God’s people. Are you livng in accordance with God’s Plan and will for your life or are you just living for yourself? Repent and turn around now before it is too late and you nwill be filled with God’s Holy Spirit. Acts 2 :38

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