Chapter 17 is a continuation of thought from chapter 7 and is fulfilled later in the invasions of Tiglath-pileser and Sargon. Chapter 18 seems like a prophecy of doom but is more of excitement and a rallying of troops. Chapter 19 covers a period of internal conflict and tells of the disintegration of Egypt that is to come. Chapter 20 is a warning about these nations being stripped of power and taken captive.
At that time gifts will be brought to the Lord Almighty from a people tall and smooth-skinned, from a people feared far and wide, an aggressive nation of strange speech, whose land is divided by rivers- the gifts will be brought to Mount Zion, the place of the Name of the Lord Almighty.
This was an aggressive nation that was feared far and wide. They were powerful on their own and even they knew they were no match for the power of God. They acknowledged this and offered gifts to God in submission of what was rightfully his.
It really does not change my view of God. It is just further proof of God being the ultimate power. The gifts that these people gave were gifts that a defeated side would give the winning side. They recognized that they were no match for God’s power and bowed before him in submission. Unfortunately, I struggle epically with fully submitting to God. I am stubborn to the bone also my enneagram is 6. I am continually working on it in my relationship with God and with others.
There will come a day when we will all bend a knee and confess Jesus is lord. It will not just be certain nations like in today’s reading but every person of this world. He has all authority and power over heaven and earth.