Assyria was located roughly in what is now Kurdistan – which covers an area at the intersection of Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Syria. 8:19 is a telling condemnation of the stupidity and uselessness of occultist practices. Why look to shadows when we have the Light! To us a Son has been given!
There are some wonderful words in this passage!
Don’t jump onto society’s bandwagon! (8 v12)
Instead … FEAR THE LORD OF HOSTS.
He is a sanctuary AND a stone of offense AND a rock of stumbling.
Paul tells us that Jesus is the rock of stumbling (Romans 9 v32-33).
And so Isaiah then opens up about Jesus.
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.”
Jesus is the LIGHT of the world (John 8 v12).
And ch 9 v6-7 as those well-worn channels in our minds, words of hope and conviction.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
“Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore.
“The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.”