“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 31, “Woe To Those Who Rely On Egypt,” cont’d

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“Glory To The Lamb,” Geoffrey Golden

“Woe To Those Who Rely On Egypt,” cont’d, Isaiah 31:6) Turn ye Unto Him From Whom the children of Israel Have Deeply Revolted.  Hosea 9:9.  7) For in that day every man shall cast away his idols of silver; and his idols of gold, which your own hands have made unto you for a sin.  1 Kings 12:30.  8) Then shall the Assyrian fall with The Sword, not of a mighty man; and The Sword, not of a mean (mortal) man, Shall Devour him:  but he shall flee from The Sword, and his young men shall be discomfited.  2 Kings 19:35.  9) And he shall pass over to his strong hold for fear, and his princes shall be afraid of The Ensign (Battle Standard), Saith The Lord, Whose Fire Is In Zion, And His Furnace In Jerusalem.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v6, 7  revolted:  for explanation of the rebellion, see 30:1.  Throw away:  For a similar idea, see 30:22.  v8, Not of man refers to the Death Angel that destroyed Sennacherib’s vaunted army (37:36).  v9, A Banner (or Ensign, Battle Standard) was a rallying point for a battle.  The princes would be too dispirited to rally for the cause.

Quest Study Bible – v8-9, “Why Did God Judge The Assyrians?”  Isaiah returns to this common theme, that the Assyrians would be Judged (10:12; 14:25; 30:31-33).  Even Though He Uses The Assyrians To Accomplish His Own Purposes, God Detested Their Pride, later described by Isaiah (37:21-29).  They also went too far in their vicious treatment of their victims (Nahum 3:1-5).  v9, “What sort of Furnace was in Jerusalem?”  This may refer to the fire that burned continually upon The Altar In The Temple in Jerusalem.  Some also see in the word Furnace A Symbol Of God’s Wrath Against His Enemies.  Others think it may mean His Intense Glory.   

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v6-9, They have been backsliding children, yet children, let them return, and their backslidings shall be healed, though they have sunk deep into misery and cannot easily recover.  Many Make An Idol Of Their Silver And Gold, And By The Love Of That Are Drawn From God, But Those That Turn To God, Will Be Ready To Part With It.  Then, When They Have Cast Away Their Idols, Shall The Assyrian Fall by The Sword Of An Angel, Who Strikes More Strongly Than A Mighty Man, Yet More Secretly Than A Mean (Mortal) Man.  God Can Make The Stoutest Heart To Tremble.  But If We Keep Up The Fire Of Holy Love And Devotion In Our Hearts And Houses (Homes), We May Depend Upon God To Protect Us And Them.   Amen.  


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