-God will not let His anger turn away nor will He let His Hand not be stretched out against Assyria as well because of their haughtiness and evil practices. This nation would shortly be cut down by the Babylonian Empire, never to be a world power again. The LORD used this nation as an instrument of His discipline upon His people and the surrounding nations, but their time of recompense would come for all to see. Woe is pronounced upon Israel and all who: enact evil statutes, constantly record unjust decisions, deprive the needy of justice, rob the poor of their rights, take spoil from widows, and plunder the orphans (Isaiah 10:1-2). These will have no place to leave their wealth in the day of punishment as their devastation comes from afar. They will have no one to flee to and they will abide with the captives or fall among the slain (Isaiah 10:3-4).
-God uses an excellent illustration to portray how He used the Assyrians and why they should never have become arrogant. The axe does not boast of what is has done to the one who chops with it, nor does the saw exalt itself over the one who wields (uses) it. That would be like a club wielding those who lift it or a rod of wood lifting the user of it (Isaiah 10:15). God exudes the fact that He is sovereign and how He will now prove His point with this prideful nation of Assyria. He will destroy them with a wasting disease in their stout warriors and show Israel who their true Savior is. Assyria’s downfall came in 612 B.C., long after their repentant revival in the time of Jonah, when Nineveh fell to an allied army composed of Medes, Persians, Chaldeans, Babylonians, Scythians, and Cimmerians who besieged and sacked it. Once Assyria’s army was destroyed, a remnant group of God’s people stopped relying on their earthly power and gravitated back to a supernatural source in their LORD. Although it was only a fraction of the people (see Isaiah 11:10-16) who returned to Judah, the LORD was with them keeping His covenant (Isaiah 10:20-27).
-The remaining verses map out basically the path that Assyria would take in invading the Holy Land when they took over the Northern Kingdom and threatened Jerusalem (Isaiah 10:28-34). *Application* God will eventually punish the fruit of anyone who has an arrogant and hard heart with self-absorbed pomp and splendor in haughtiness (Isaiah 10:12). Those who rely on the power of their own hands and their own worldly wisdom, who think they can rely on their own understanding so as to change things by their own way with evil intent and practices will be brought down in judgment by the King of the Universe who has all power and authority (Isaiah 10:13). You cannot outflank God. He rules, so be humble and submissive. His plans are the only ones that will succeed in the end, so join His side of things. You’ll find that He is good and His rewards last eternally. Count on this truth!
Verse to Memorize: Isaiah 10:20