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Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Have you seen the lay counselors of Zoan? Don't bother they're all foolish. II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To show that even leaders of a so-called local church can be foolish even drunkards. IV. TEXT: Isai

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I. EXORDIUM:

Have you seen the lay counselors of Zoan? Don't bother they're all foolish.

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that even leaders of a so-called local church can be foolish even drunkards.

IV. TEXT:

Isaiah 19:14-15 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

The Lord has sent a spirit of foolishness on them, so all their suggestions are wrong. They cause Egypt to stagger like a drunk in his vomit.

There is nothing Egypt can do. All are helpless— the head and the tail, the noble palm branch and the lowly reed.

V. THESIS:

Discover the characteristics of foolish leaders as pictured by the leaders of Zoan.

VI. TITLE:

Counselors of Zoan

VII. EXPLICATION:

Parallel verses:

Isaiah 28:7 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Now, however, Israel is led by drunks who reel with wine and stagger with alcohol. The priests and prophets stagger with alcohol and lose themselves in wine. They reel when they see visions and stagger as they render decisions.

1 Kings 22:23 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

“So you see, the Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouths of all your prophets. For the Lord has pronounced your doom.”

A. Author: Isaiah - son of Amos, prophesied during reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah.

B. Isaiah is regarded as greatest Old Testament prophet: (1) preeminently the prophet of redemption, (2) passages in this book are among the finest in literature.

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. What is Zoan?

1. Zoan is an Egyptian city. (Numbers 13:22) A plain in Egypt where the GOD's miracles have been done in front of the eyes of the Israelites. (Psalms 78:12, Psalms 78:43) Came from the Hebrew word "Tsoan" which means "a place in Egypt." (Ezekiel 30:14) Most probably located along Southern Egypt. (Ezekiel 30:14)

Numbers 13:22 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Going north, they passed through the Negev and arrived at Hebron, where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai—all descendants of Anak—lived. (The ancient town of Hebron was founded seven years before the Egyptian city of Zoan.)

Psalms 78:12 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

the miracles he did for their ancestors on the plain of Zoan in the land of Egypt.

Psalms 78:43 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

They did not remember his miraculous signs in Egypt, his wonders on the plain of Zoan.

Ezekiel 30:14 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

I will destroy southern Egypt, set fire to Zoan, and bring judgment against Thebes.

2. Zoan symbolizes foolish leaders. (Isaiah 19:11, Isaiah 19:13)

Isaiah 19:11 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

What fools are the officials of Zoan! Their best counsel to the king of Egypt is stupid and wrong. Will they still boast to Pharaoh of their wisdom? Will they dare brag about all their wise ancestors?

Isaiah 19:13 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

The officials of Zoan are fools, and the officials of Memphis are deluded. The leaders of the people have led Egypt astray.

3. Egypt symbolizes sin or a carnal church.

B. Characteristics of Zoan's leaders:


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