10:45 am - 09-19-16
"When the Lord has finished all his work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, he will punish the speech of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the boastful look in his eyes. For he says:
This is an interesting and insightful verse for me. It shows the tension that exists between God's sovereignty and man's free will. Even though God was going to use Nebuchadnezzar as the tool to bring his judgment to Israel for Israel's actions, it's not as if Nebuchadnezzar was doing it out of recognition of God's plan. Nebuchadnezzar was going to destroy Israel out of his own egotism. But it was still God in charge, ordering things, moving the chess pieces, if you will. And then later Assyria gets what's coming to them too.
"Shall the axe boast over him who hews with it,
And God still keeps his promise to Israel, even in the midst of his judgment.
"The light of Israel will become a fire,
"In that day the remnant of Israel and the survivors of the house of Jacob will no more lean on him who struck them, but will lean on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God." Isaiah 10:20-21