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Summary: Assyria pridefully thinks it is the great power, but God will demonstrate that it is but a tool in his hands.

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Isaiah 10:5-19 Light and Fire

3/11/01e D. Marion Clark

Assyria the tool of God.

5 “Woe to the Assyrian, the rod of my anger,

in whose hand is the club of my wrath!

God’s purpose for his tool.

6 I send him against a godless nation,

I dispatch him against a people who anger me,

to seize loot and snatch plunder,

and to trample them down like mud in the streets.

Assyria’s purpose.

7 But this is not what he intends,

this is not what he has in mind;

his purpose is to destroy,

to put an end to many nations.

Assyria’s perspective.

8 ‘Are not my commanders all kings?’ he says.

9 ‘Has not Calno fared like Carchemish?

Is not Hamath like Arpad,

and Samaria like Damascus? (Each nation is closer to Jerusalem.)

10 As my hand seized the kingdoms of the idols,

kingdoms whose images excelled those of Jerusalem and Samaria—

11 shall I not deal with Jerusalem and her images

as I dealt with Samaria and her idols?’”

“Do not listen to Hezekiah, for he is misleading you when he says, ‘The LORD will deliver us.’ 33 Has the god of any nation ever delivered his land from the hand of the king of Assyria? 34 Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena and Ivvah? Have they rescued Samaria from my hand? 35 Who of all the gods of these countries has been able to save his land from me? How then can the LORD deliver Jerusalem from my hand?” (2 Kings 18:32-35).

The Lord’s response.

12 When the Lord has finished all his work against Mount Zion and Jerusalem, he will say, “I will punish the king of Assyria for the willful pride of his heart and the haughty look in his eyes.

Assyria’s prideful mind.

13 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.

14 As one reaches into a nest,

so my hand reached for the wealth of the nations;

as men gather abandoned eggs,

so I gathered all the countries;

not one flapped a wing,

or opened its mouth to chirp.’”

The Lord’s response.

15 Does the ax raise itself above him who swings it,

or the saw boast against him who uses it?

As if a rod were to wield him who lifts it up,

or a club brandish him who is not wood!

The Lord’s action.

16 Therefore, the Lord, the LORD Almighty,

will send a wasting disease upon his sturdy warriors;

under his pomp a fire will be kindled

like a blazing flame.

17 The Light of Israel will become a fire,

their Holy One a flame;

in a single day it will burn and consume

his thorns and his briers.

18 The splendor of his forests and fertile fields

it will completely destroy,

as when a sick man wastes away.

19 And the remaining trees of his forests will be so few

that a child could write them down.

Lessons

Acknowledge that God is sovereign.

rd Daniel 4:28ff

Acknowledge that our deliverance and judgment are in God’s hands.

Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help,

who rely on horses,

who trust in the multitude of their chariots

and in the great strength of their horsemen,

but do not look to the Holy One of Israel,

or seek help from the LORD.

2 Yet he too is wise and can bring disaster;

he does not take back his words.

He will rise up against the house of the wicked,

against those who help evildoers.

3 But the Egyptians are men and not God;

their horses are flesh and not spirit.

When the LORD stretches out his hand,

he who helps will stumble,

he who is helped will fall;

both will perish together (Isaiah 31:1-3).

Judgment will come to the enemies of God’s kingdom.

For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And,

“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,

what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” (1 Peter 4:17,18).

rd Psalm 2

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