-Judah is warned of forming an unhealthy alliance and dependence with Egypt in this section. The Judeans are called rebellious by the LORD who desires to cover them with His almighty power, but they lack faith and turn to natural means of protection in their hearts. They execute a plan, but it is not of God; they make an alliance, but it is not of the Holy Spirit. In this they add sin to sin because they go against the LORD’s divine plan by proceeding down to Egypt, not consulting with God. They take refuge in the perceived safety of Pharaoh and seek shelter in their shadow. But, this will be to their shame and humiliation. Egypt will in the end be of no profit or help to them, and they will become a reproach (a people of scorn and contempt, blamed, accused, Isaiah 30:1-6). God says that Egypt’s help is “vain and empty.” He asks the prophet to write it on a tablet and inscribe it on a scroll that this word may serve in the time to come as a witness forever. “For this is a rebellious people, false sons, who refuse to listen to the instruction of the LORD (Isaiah 30:7-9).” They do not want the seers to see visions or the prophets to prophesy what is right. They only want pleasant words spoken to them with illusions (deception). They do not want to hear any more from the Holy One of Israel, and they turn aside from the righteous path. Therefore, the LORD speaks this, “Since you have rejected this word and have put your trust in oppression and guile, and have relied on them, therefore this iniquity will be to you like a breach about to fall, and bulge in a high wall, whose collapse comes suddenly in an instant, whose collapse is like the smashing of a potter’s jar, so ruthlessly shattered that a sherd will not be found among its pieces to take fire from a hearth or to scoop water from a cistern (Isaiah 30:10-14).” God continues, “In repentance and rest you will be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength (Isaiah 30:15).” But, the prophet’s commentary is that they were not willing. They wanted to take matters into their own hands and flee on horses to the Negev of Egypt. God gives them their heart’s desire, but warns that their pursuers will not be afraid of them and they will end up being a symbol of weakness (Isaiah 30:15b-17). *Application* Make sure God is in the middle of your plans if you want real success. It is interesting to me that even today we see Israel looking to Egypt for peace treaties and proposals to ease their conflicts. They still have some resistance it seems to consulting God alone on security matters.
-What a comfort verse eighteen is. The LORD longs (not just a casual desire, but a heart-felt yearning) to be gracious to His people. In fact the Scripture says He waits on high to have compassion on His people for He is a God of justice. How blessed are all those who reciprocate their longing back to Him. The LORD instructs them to inhabit Jerusalem on Mt. Zion, and they will weep no longer. He will surely be gracious to them at the sound of their distressful and repentant cries. He will hear and respond (Isaiah 30:19). Even though there has been privation (hardship, adversity, poverty) and oppression at His allowance, He will not forever hide Himself. Their eyes will see their Teacher and their ears will hear the wonderful words behind them saying, “This is the way, walk in it, whenever you turn to the right or to the left (Isaiah 30:20-21).” At that time they will defile their graven images (idols) and scatter them as an impure thing and say to them, “Be gone (Isaiah 30:22)!” Then God will bless them afresh and anew with rain for agricultural growth and prosperity (Isaiah 30:23-25). In that day the LORD will bind up the fracture of His people and heal the bruise He has inflicted in His righteous indignation to draw them back to Him for the purpose of correction. The light of the moon will be as the sun, and the light of the sun will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven days (Isaiah 30:26). *Application* God’s grace wants to extend to you wherever you are at. Even with the rebellious and depraved, God is waiting for your decision to turn and repent. He longs for you desperately!
-God’s vengeance on His enemies resumes in the final verses of the chapter (Isaiah 30:27-33). His Name comes from a remote place; He is burning with anger and indignation against the usurpers of His authority. His tongue is like a consuming fire. His breath is like an overflowing torrent to shake the nations of the world back and forth in a sieve. The LORD will cause His voice of authority to be heard, and His arm will descend to be seen in fierce anger of retribution. In the flame of a consuming fire, in cloudburst, downpour, and hailstones Assyria will be terrified when He strikes with the rod (Ezekiel 13:13; 38:22, 2 Peter 3:7, Revelation 16:21; 19:15). In battles, brandishing weapons, He will fight His enemies, and the place of human sacrifices to the false demon god Molech, Topheth, who has long been ready for judgment, will receive its just torrent of brimstone and fire. *Application* It is a terrifying thing to fall into the Hands of the Living God (Hebrews 10:31). Make sure you are on His side by His amazing grace. Don’t fight God. It is Christ or judgment, you choose.
Verses to Memorize: Isaiah 30:15, 18, 21