“My Redeemer Lives,” Nicole C. Mullen
“God’s Judgment On Assyria,” cont’d, Isaiah 10:13) For he saith, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for I am prudent: and I have removed the bounds of the people, and have robbed their treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man: 14) And my hand hath found as a nest the riches of the people: and as one gathereth eggs that are left, have I gathered all the earth; and there was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or peeped. 15) Shall the ax boast itself against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood. Jeremiah 51;20. 16) Therefore Shall The Lord, The Lord Of Hosts, Send among His fat ones leanness; And Under His Glory He Shall Kindle A Burning Like The Burning Of A Fire. 17) And The Light Of Israel Shall Be For A Fire, And His Holy One For A Flame: And It Shall Burn And Devour his thorns and his briers in one day. 18) And Shall Consume the glory of his forest, and of his fruitful field, both soul and body: and they shall be as when a sandardbearer fainteth. 19) And the rest of the trees of his forest shall be few, that a child may write them (or, could write them down).
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v13, By the strength of my hand: The wicked are quick to take credit for their successes. The Righteous correctly Give Praise To God For Their Successes. v14, 15, An implement in the hand of its user has no reason for boasting; Assyria was just a tool In The Hand Of God. It had no reason to boast. v16, leanness … burning: These words describe the coming Judgment of the Assyrians, who had become fat because of their acts of conquest. v17, 18, The Light Of Israel Is A Wonderful Title For God (see 9:2; 58:8; 60:1, 19, 20). The Lord Jesus Is Described As A “Light” Of Israel As Well (see John 1:1-13). His thorns … his forest refers to all persons and possessions in the Assyrian empire. v19, 20, The Remnant is the portion of Abraham’s offspring that God Preserved. The Hebrew word used here for remnants is different from the words used in 1:9; 6:13.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v5-19, See what a change sin made. The king of Assyria, in his pride, thought to act by his own will. The tyrants of the world are tools of Providence. God Designs To Correct His People for their hypocrisy, and bring them nearer to Him; but is that Sennacherib’s design? No; he designs to gratify his own covetousness and ambition. The Assyrian boasts what great things he has done to other nations, by his own policy and power. He knows not that it is God Who Makes him what he is, And Puts the staff into his hand. He had done all this with ease; none moved the wing, or cried as birds do when their nests are rifled. Because he conquered Samaria, he thinks Jerusalem would fall of course. It was lamentable that Jerusalem should have set up graven images, and we cannot wonder that the heathen excelled her in them (the graven images). But is it not equally foolish for Christians to emulate the people of the world in vanities, instead of keeping to things which are their special honor? For a tool to boast, or to strive against him that formed it, would not be more out of the way, than for Sennacherib to vaunt himself against Jehovah. When God Brings His People Into Trouble, It Is To Bring Sin To Their Remembrance, And Humble Them, And To Awaken Them To A Sense Of Their Duty; This Must Be The Fruit, Even The Taking Away Of Sin. When These Points Are Gained By The Affliction, It Shall Be Removed In Mercy. This attempt upon Zion and Jerusalem should come to nothing. God Will Be As A Fire To Consume The Workers Of Iniquity, Both Soul And Body. The Desolation should be as when a standard-bearer fainteth, and those who follow are put to confusion. Who Is Able To Stand Before This Great And Holy God?