Sunday, February 11, 2007

Isaiah 10 - Assyria's Judgment Given

Assyria's Judgment Given

Isa 10:15 Shall the ax boast itself against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood.

God is in control, no one can do anything mighty or good without him. Assyria was boasting in themselves, and God responds to their arrogance. They were just a tool in the masters hand.

Jer 18:3 Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
Jer 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
Jer 18:5 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
Jer 18:6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.

God can use an evil nation for His purpose, how much more will he use his own people? He cannot use a sinful people, especially if they are arrogant and unrepentant. He would use Assyria to humble Israel and to bring them to repentance; for sure God would not let Assyria's pride go without reproof.

Isa 10:16 Therefore shall the Lord, the Lord of hosts, send among his fat ones leanness; and under his glory he shall kindle a burning like the burning of a fire.

Judgment would come to Assyria, destruction and death, and their glory would be burnt up.

Isa 10:17 And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame: and it shall burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day;

God is the light of Israel, Jesus is the light, His holy one for a flame, a consuming fire. Thorns and briars were part of the curse on Adam, the Assyrians were as these, to be burned with fire.

Isa 10:18 And shall consume the glory of his forest, and of his fruitful field, both soul and body: and they shall be as when a standardbearer fainteth.

The army of Assyria was compared to a forest, and its fruitful field, it's leaders and treasures they had acquired, body and soul consumed or scattered in confusion, as when a standard bearer faints.

Isa 10:19 And the rest of the trees of his forest shall be few, that a child may write them.

There were so few left that a child could count them on his hand. So much for the pride and glory of Assyria, or any nation that leaves God and is full of self pride.

What of Isaiah the prophet? God had given him the future to write down, the truth of God foretold. What an awesome God, who knows our beginnings, our purpose and the whole future of man. We can lean on His everlasting arms and go forth in His purpose. He leads us, what better leader is there and who better to intrust our lives?

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

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