Restoration of Israel

A few years ago, an angry man at the Rijks Museum in Amsterdam took out a knife and slashed the famous painting “Nightwatch” by Rembrandt. A short time later, a distraught, hostile man slipped into St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome with a hammer and began to smash Mic … More

Restoration

Isaiah turns from the subject of rebellion to restoration (vv. 18-26). Even though the people had turned from the Lord, he still wanted to be gracious and compassionate to them (vv 18-19). He says that the Lord has given you much sorrow and hurt but will continue to tell you the way you should go (vv. 20-21). He urges them to cast out their “graven images” (v. 22) in order that God might bless them with the “bread of the increase of the earth” (v. 23). He describes the future day when Israel will be restored to her land. Instead of scoffing they will listen to God’s word and put away foolish idols. The land will be restored and prosperous once again (v. 24). Many Bible scholars see the “great slaughter” (vv. 25-26) as a reference to the battle of Armageddon which will occur just before the return of Christ to deliver His people and establish His kingdom (Rev. 19:11-21).

The final theme in this woe is retribution (vv 27-33). He tells how God allows Assyria to discipline Judah with (1) fire, (2) water, the sieve of judgment and the horses bit of destruction but He would not permit them to take Jerusalem (vv. 27-28). Just by a command of anger, God would shatter Assyria with His scepter and rod (vv 29-31). The Assyrian army was destroyed, like a pile of wood in the valley of Hinnon, south of Jerusalem (vv. 32-33). By God’s breath, He would figuratively kindle the fire by which He would consume the Assyrian soldiers.

Application

When the Israelites left God’s path, He would correct them and He wants to do the same for me. However, when I hear His voice of correction, I must be willing to follow it. Next time I go through a difficult time, I need to appreciate what God is doing and learn what He wants to teach me.

Isaiah 30:18-33 (English Standard Version)


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