Isaiah 10* Woes against proud oppressors. (1-4) The Assyrian but aninstrument in the hand of God for the punishment of his people.(5-19) The deliverance from him. (20-34)1-4 These verses are to be joined with the foregoing chapter.Woe to the superior powers that devise and decree unrighteousdecrees! And woe to the inferior officers that draw them up, andenter them on record! But what will sinners do? Whither willthey flee? 5-19 See what a change sin made. The king of Assyria, in hispride, thought to act by his own will. The tyrants of the worldare tools of Providence. God designs to correct his people fortheir hypocrisy, and bring them nearer to him; but is thatSennacherib's design? No; he designs to gratify his owncovetousness and ambition. The Assyrian boasts what great thingshe has done to other nations, by his own policy and power. Heknows not that it is God who makes him what he is, and puts thestaff into his hand. He had done all this with ease; none movedthe wing, or cried as birds do when their nests are rifled.Because he conquered Samaria, he thinks Jerusalem would fall ofcourse. It was lamentable that Jerusalem should have set upgraven images, and we cannot wonder that she was excelled inthem by the heathen. But is it not equally foolish forChristians to emulate the people of the world in vanities,instead of keeping to things which are their special honour? Fora tool to boast, or to strive against him that formed it, wouldnot be more out of the way, than for Sennacherib to vaunthimself against Jehovah. When God brings his people intotrouble, it is to bring sin to their remembrance, and humblethem, and to awaken them to a sense of their duty; this must bethe fruit, even the taking away of sin. When these points aregained by the affliction, it shall be removed in mercy. Thisattempt upon Zion and Jerusalem should come to nothing. God willbe as a fire to consume the workers of iniquity, both soul andbody. The desolation should be as when a standard-bearerfainteth, and those who follow are put to confusion. Who is ableto stand before this great and holy Lord God? 20-34 By our afflictions we may learn not to make creatures ourconfidence. Those only can with comfort stay upon God, whoreturn to him in truth, not in pretence and profession only. Godwill justly bring this wasting away on a provoking people, butwill graciously set bounds to it. It is against the mind andwill of God, that his people, whatever happens, should give wayto fear. God's anger against his people is but for a moment; andwhen that is turned from us, we need not fear the fury of man.The rod with which he corrected his people, shall not only belaid aside, but thrown into the fire. To encourage God's people,the prophet puts them in mind of what God had formerly doneagainst the enemies of his church. God's people shall bedelivered from the Assyrians. Some think it looks to thedeliverance of the Jews out of their captivity; and further yet,to the redemption of believers from the tyranny of sin andSatan. And this, "because of the anointing;" for his peopleIsrael's sake, the believers among them that had received theunction of Divine grace. And for the sake of the Messiah, theAnointed of God. Here is, ver. #28-34|, a propheticaldescription of Sennacherib's march towards Jerusalem, when hethreatened to destroy that city. Then the Lord, in whom Hezekiahtrusted, cut down his army like the hewing of a forest. Let usapply what is here written, to like matters in other ages of thechurch of Christ. Because of the anointing of our greatRedeemer, the yoke of every antichrist must be broken from offhis church: and if our souls partake of the unction of the HolySpirit, complete and eternal deliverances will be secured to us.
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