We may feel safe and in our country, but we must remember that God is in control and judgment will come in His time because of the sin in our land. The only security that I have is in the Lord.
The key word in the closing verses of this chapter is purpose. God is in sovereign control of the rise and fall of all nations, as He works out His divine purposes in the world. Isaiah shows us how Assyria was His tool to accomplish His purposes at this time in history (vv 26-27). God permitted Assyria to discipline Judah, but He would not allow them to destroy His people. God promised to break the Assyrian nation “upon my mountains” (v. 25). This was fulfilled in Isaiah’s lifetime when destruction came on the Assyrian army of Sennacherib (Isa. 36-37). The statement that God’s “hand is stretched out” (v. 24) means that His hand of judgment is still coming against the nations because of their rebellion against Him. Because of God’s sovereign control over “all nations” (v. 26) nothing can stop His plans by turning back “His hand” (v. 27).
The Assyrian leader died and the Philistines rejoiced that their enemy was weakened (vv. 28-29). However, Isaiah warned them that their rejoicing would be short lived; for the new king would be worse. He compared the dead Assyrian ruler to an even worse serpent (v. 29). We need to note that God had a special word of assurance for His own people. It states that even the poorest of the poor will have food and safety (v. 30); but the Philistines would be wiped out by war and famine. The Assyrian army would come from the north like a great cloud of smoke (v. 31), and the gates of the great Philistine cities would not stop them. The Philistines had felt safe and secure but it would suffer defeat by famine and the sword (v. 32).
The LORD of hosts has sworn: "As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand, that I will break the Assyrian in my land, and on my mountains trample him underfoot; and his yoke shall depart from them, and his burden from their shoulder." This is the purpose that is purposed concerning the whole earth, and this is the hand that is stretched out over all the nations. For the LORD of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back? In the year that King Ahaz died came this oracle: Rejoice not, O Philistia, all of you, that the rod that struck you is broken, for from the serpent's root will come forth an adder, and its fruit will be a flying fiery serpent. And the firstborn of the poor will graze, and the needy lie down in safety; but I will kill your root with famine, and your remnant it will slay. Wail, O gate; cry out, O city; melt in fear, O Philistia, all of you! For smoke comes out of the north, and there is no straggler in his ranks. What will one answer the messengers of the nation? "The LORD has founded Zion, and in her the afflicted of his people find refuge."
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