As I revisit this chapter for a second morning, the first thought that impresses me is this final thought of the chapter: Israel is not alone in the Lord’s eyes.
Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance.Vs. 25
The Lord refers to Egypt as his people and Assyria as the work of his hands. This work is much bigger than just one person or one group of “chosen people”.
The first part of this chapter details the fall of Egypt, it is not unlike the descriptions of other great states that have come to ruin. Egypt though has a different ending than Babylon. The second half of this chapter chronicles the blessings extended to Egypt, including the establishment of a temple in their midst.