“Woe to the obstinate children,” declares the LORD, “to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin; who go down to Egypt without consulting me; who look for help to Pharaoh’s protection, to Egypt’s shade for refuge. But Pharaoh’s protection will be to your shame, Egypt’s shade will bring you disgrace. Though they have officials in Zoan and their envoys have arrived in Hanes, everyone will be put to shame because of a people useless to them, who bring neither help nor advantage, but only shame and disgrace.” Isaiah 30:1-5
Israel has fallen to Assyria. Many of the people are taken as captives to Assyria. Will Assyria advance further south and attack Judah and Jerusalem? Rather than consult God for His protection, Judah looks to Egypt and her horses and chariots to defend her. God is not pleased when His people choose other nations, other gods, other plans, rather than God. While Judah will later be defeated and taken captive by Babylonia, at this time God’s judgment is against Egypt and other nations for trying to step in for God – essentially leading Judah astray. God still fights for His people, He is constantly calling them to return to Him. If only they turn their face to Him, He will turn His face to them.