Isaiah 10 Commentary
Isaiah speaks to his own environment and time. The laws are unjust and oppressive. We are looking at the systems designed to disadvantage the poor and rob the fatherless. The LORD God is not happy. A day of disaster is coming to the nations.
Then an important question comes: where will you run to? Vanity leaves a man empty. It all comes to nothing. If a man must proceed, among the slain or as a slave of their own self-made ambitions, what difference does it make? Meaningless, empty, and worthless. “Where will you leave your riches?”
The LORD God hates sin; the LORD God is holy. Because of ungodliness, Kalno, Carchemish, Hamath, Apad, Samaria, and Damascus are all brutally scattered. Assyria is the instrument the LORD God uses. But Assyria is no better. She will also face the same fate. Regardless of where ungodliness is found, the LORD God scatters it. Jerusalem faces the same fate as the other nations.
The Church does well to check herself. She must distinguish herself from the world around it, otherwise, the same judgment falling on the world will fall on her. Isaiah is underlining the importance of purity on the part of the church.
What is exactly Assyria’s sin? Pride. For he says: “By the strength of my hand I have done this, and by my wisdom, because I have understanding. I removed the boundaries of nations, I plundered their treasures; like a mighty one I subdued their kings.” Verse 13.
Notice the many occurrences of the words ‘I’ and ‘my’. That is pride – pretty much like the world today. Let not the saint fall under the same judgment.
Internal conflicts, invasions by foreign armies, wasting diseases, and a constant sense of incompleteness; we have seen it all. The nations, including Assyria, have all these adverse conditions because of ungodliness. It is a world without the grace of the LORD on humanity.
However, the mention of the remnant and the promise of deliverance is in line with the LORD’s hand of protection for His own. In the midst of messages of judgment against the nations and the peoples, Isaiah is commanded to repeat the message of hope to the righteous: it shall be well.
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