Why did Isaiah the
prophet preach naked?
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Question: Why would God ask Isaiah the prophet to preach naked for three years?
Answer: We can find our answer regarding the naked preaching of Isaiah in the book named after him. He wrote most of his books between 757 to 696 B.C.
3 When Ashdod was captured (by the Assyrians under Sargon), the Lord said, 'My servant Isaiah (the prophet) has been going around naked and barefoot for three years. This is a sign of what will happen to Egypt and Ethiopia. (Isaiah 20:3)
Isaiah's nakedness was a sign that not only would the Assyrians overcome Egypt and Ethiopia, they would make ALL prisoners (regardless of age) march into captivity completely NAKED (verse 4)!
As you can see, the God of the Universe had a reason for telling him to do this. He was giving a sign and warning to the Egyptians and Ethiopians that would make them afraid to do the things they were doing. He was showing them in this prophetic action that they would become slaves of the Assyrians under Sargon's family.
Sargon II was an Assyrian king who began the offensive to destroy the lands of the south including the Holy Land, Egypt and Ethiopia, which was the dream of his father Tilgath-pileser. Sargon took the name which means "God has appointed the king" but he died in battle or by homicide. Sargon's son Sennacherib continued his father's goal of destroying Egypt by bringing the empire's borders to the Nile Delta region.
Pharaoh Psamsik of the 26th Dynasty tried to reunite his country for a time but then the Babylonians and later Persians invaded Assyria and took over their empire. The land became a Persian satrapy for a time when Cambyses conquered it. This all happened in the days following the fall of Samaria and the deportation of the Israelites to the land of the Medes and Assyrians.