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February 19, 2016

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The Lord spoke through Isaiah son of Amoz. He said to him, ‘Take off the sackcloth from your body and the sandals from your feet.’ And he did so, going around stripped and barefoot.
— Isaiah 20:2

Isaiah is the naked prophet. It seems improbable he would have done this constantly but in some way for three years Isaiah walked around naked and barefooted. He did this as a sign and portent against Cush (the larger area around Egypt), so that it would be known that the king of Assyria will lead away stripped and barefoot the Egyptian captives and Cushite exiles, young and old, "with buttocks bared–to Egypt's shame." (Isaiah 20:3-4)

These things the prophets did, such as walking around naked, are odd and difficult to understand. We'd get arrested today for such behavior. I'm not so sure it was popular then either. Maybe it shows how serious Yahweh was about what was going on in Judah. 


Lord, I don't understand parts of your word. Help me understand or be content not to understand.


Today, fast from being embarrassed so easily. Look for ways to step out of your comfort zone to places God is showing you to walk. I'm not suggesting to walk naked! 


Give an article of clothing to the poor this week by taking it to Goodwill or your local church. The clothes molding in your closet belong to the poor.