“My Redeemer Lives,” Nicole C. Mullen
“God’s Judgment On Assyria,” Isaiah 10:5) O Assyrian, The Rod Of Mine Anger, and The Staff in their hand is Mine Indignation. 6) I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people Of My Wrath Will I Give Him A Charge, To Take The Spoil, And To Take The Prey, And To Tread Them Down Like The Mire Of The Streets. 7) Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few. 8) For he saith, Are not my princes altogether kings? 9) Is not Calno as Carchemish? is not Hamath as Arpad? is not Samaria as Damascus? 10) As My Hand Hath Found The Kingdom of the idols, and whose graven images did excel them of Jerusalem and of Samaria; 11) Shall I Not, As I Have Done Unto Samaria and her idols, so do to Jerusalem and her idols? 12) Wherefore it shall come to pass, That When The Lord Hath Performed His Whole Work Upon Mount Zion And On Jerusalem, I Will Punish The Fruit Of The stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks.
Quest Study Bible – “Why use a wicked nation to punish Israel?” v5-6, God Was Demonstrating His Power Over All Human Authority. That God Would Employ a notoriously wicked nation to judge them must have shocked the people of Judah. But God could use even the pagan and arrogant Assyrians as instruments to destroy His Own People! This was the ultimate irony, An Emphatic Display Of God’s Absolute Rule. “Did God Expect Something Better Of Assyria?” v12, Though God Used Their Sinful Actions For His Purpose, the Assyrians were not off the hook. They were still responsible for their misdeeds. God Would Hold Them Accountable Just As He Did Judah.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v5, And … indignation may also be translated “Even The Staff Of My Indignant Hand.” Rod Of My Anger: Thou God Sovereignly Uses sinners as instruments of His Will (7:17; 13;5), they will be held accountable for their own wickedness. v6, The ungodly nation is Judah (vv. 11, 12). v7, 8, in his heart: The purpose of the arrogant Assyrians was to continue their path of uninterrupted conquest. But God Had Different Plans For Them (see v. 12). v9, Calno … Damascus: This is a list of cities that had already fallen to the Assyrians. v10, 11, idols … images: The Assyrians had conquered the nations that had false gods; surely, they believed, they would have an easy time against Jerusalem and her idols. v10, The fruit is the king’s speech cited vv. 13, 14. arrogant heart … haughty looks: For a similar idea, see 2:11; 3:9; 9:9.
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?