The Returning Remnant of Israel

One day a woman was rushing home from a doctor’s appointment. She still had to pick up her prescription, pick up the children from the baby-sitter, and get home and make supper, all in time to make it to the prayer meeting at her church that evening. As she began to circle … More

Faith

Once Assyria’s army was destroyed, a small group of God’s people would stop relying on Assyria and start trusting God (vv. 20-23). Those who remained faithful to God despite the horrors of the invasion are called the remnant. The key to being a part of the remnant was faith. Being a descendant of Abraham, living in the promised land or having trusted God at one time was not good enough.

Isaiah had already reminded the people that they should not worry about the Assyrian aggression because God was on their side (vv. 24-27). In spite of their early success the invading Assyrians were miraculously stopped by divine intervention. An account of this is given where the angel of the Lord slays the invading army. With this God lifted the Assyrian burden and yoke from Judah.

The route the Assyrian invaders took in trying to defeat Judah was from the north. They crossed over the northern boundary at Ai, about eight miles north of Jerusalem and came south to Nob, about two miles from Jerusalem. The cities listed are lesser towns which were taken by the Assyrian army as they marched toward Jerusalem (vv. 28-34).

Application

Relying on my Christian heritage, going to church or past experience will not put me in a right relationship with God. The key to being a part of God’s family is faith in Him.

Isaiah 10:20-34 (English Standard Version)

In that day the remnant of Israel and the survivors of the house of Jacob will no more lean on him who struck them, but will lean on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God. For though your people Israel be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will return. Destruction is decreed, overflowing with righteousness. For the Lord GOD of hosts will make a full end, as decreed, in the midst of all the earth. Therefore thus says the Lord GOD of hosts: "O my people, who dwell in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrians when they strike with the rod and lift up their staff against you as the Egyptians did. For in a very little while my fury will come to an end, and my anger will be directed to their destruction. And the LORD of hosts will wield against them a whip, as when he struck Midian at the rock of Oreb. And his staff will be over the sea, and he will lift it as he did in Egypt. And in that day his burden will depart from your shoulder, and his yoke from your neck; and the yoke will be broken because of the fat." He has come to Aiath; he has passed through Migron; at Michmash he stores his baggage; they have crossed over the pass; at Geba they lodge for the night; Ramah trembles; Gibeah of Saul has fled. Cry aloud, O daughter of Gallim! Give attention, O Laishah! O poor Anathoth! Madmenah is in flight; the inhabitants of Gebim flee for safety. This very day he will halt at Nob; he will shake his fist at the mount of the daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem. Behold, the Lord GOD of hosts will lop the boughs with terrifying power; the great in height will be hewn down, and the lofty will be brought low. He will cut down the thickets of the forest with an axe, and Lebanon will fall by the Majestic One.

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