Isaiah 10The Voice (VOICE)
Manasseh and Ephraim are family; they have a common language and common culture, and they come from common stock. In every way that matters they are brothers, but they are at war with each other. And they don’t stop there. They turn against Judah, their southern relative. Amazingly, God has chosen them all to be His people, a nation of promise and destiny. How sad that it’s come to this! What is God to do with His children? God will not abandon them, yet neither will God put up with their destructive consumption, their greed and injustices. Indeed, their wrongdoing takes its own course of self-destruction, and God will not stop it. Sometimes God’s judgment consists of Him stepping back and leaving people to their devices—letting their will be done.
10 1-2 How awful it will be for those who mandate wickedness
Eternal One: How awful it will be for Assyria, the rod of My anger,
7 But they will get cocky. Assyria has its own intentions for destruction,
The Assyrians imagine that it is by their initiative and power that they gain control of these great cities and their populations. They are mistaken.
12 God will punish Assyria and its king for their blasphemous rants and arrogant self-satisfaction once my Lord has finished using them to accomplish His purposes here on Zion and in Jerusalem.
13 Assyrian King: I am so smart, so strong, so knowledgeable.
15 But wow, are they ever mistaken! Assyria seems to think it has used God.
20 Then, the few that remain of Israel,
24 But as for the Holy City, Zion, the Lord, the Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies, has this to say:
Eternal One: Listen, My people living in Zion. Don’t be afraid of Assyria even though that great and terrible nation batters and wounds you, presses its weight and might against you as Egypt once did. 25 Don’t worry. It won’t be long until My anger against you will be over, and I’ll turn it instead in Assyria’s direction.
26 The Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies, will lash Assyria with His whip; and Assyria will feel the crushing power of God’s judgment just as the Midianites did at the rock of Oreb,[b] just as the Egyptians did when Moses raised his staff and drowned Pharaoh’s army in the sea.[c] 27 When that time comes, all the weight of Assyria will be lifted off of your shoulders; its yoke will be removed from your neck, and the burden of their assault and demands will evaporate, and you’ll be free.
Isaiah describes the southern march of the Assyrian army. Village after village falls until the enemy is so close the clamor of its forces shakes the streets of Jerusalem.
28 Oh, sure, first you’ll feel that terrible force coming on you from the north
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