Isaiah 10 No Respect


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Isaiah 10:1 Woe to those who make unjust laws,
to those who issue oppressive decrees,
2 to deprive the poor of their rights
and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people,
making widows their prey
and robbing the fatherless.
3 What will you do on the day of reckoning,
when disaster comes from afar?
To whom will you run for help?
Where will you leave your riches?
4 Nothing will remain but to cringe among the captives
or fall among the slain.
Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,
his hand is still upraised.
5 “Woe to the Assyrian, the rod of my anger,
in whose hand is the club of my wrath!
6 I send him against a godless nation,
I dispatch him against a people who anger me,
to seize loot and snatch plunder,
and to trample them down like mud in the streets.
7 But this is not what he intends,
this is not what he has in mind;
his purpose is to destroy,
to put an end to many nations.
8 ‘Are not my commanders all kings?’ he says.
9 ‘Has not Kalno fared like Carchemish?
Is not Hamath like Arpad,
and Samaria like Damascus?
10 As my hand seized the kingdoms of the idols,
kingdoms whose images excelled those of Jerusalem and Samaria—
11 shall I not deal with Jerusalem and her images
as I dealt with Samaria and her idols?’”
12 When the Lord has finished all his work against Mount Zion and Jerusalem, he will say, “I will punish the king of Assyria for the willful pride of his heart and the haughty look in his eyes. 13 For he says:
“‘By the strength of my hand I have done this,
and by my wisdom, because I have understanding.
I removed the boundaries of nations,
I plundered their treasures;
like a mighty one I subdued[a] their kings.
14 As one reaches into a nest,
so my hand reached for the wealth of the nations;
as people gather abandoned eggs,
so I gathered all the countries;
not one flapped a wing,
or opened its mouth to chirp.’”
15 Does the ax raise itself above the person who swings it,
or the saw boast against the one who uses it?
As if a rod were to wield the person who lifts it up,
or a club brandish the one who is not wood!
16 Therefore, the Lord, the Lord Almighty,
will send a wasting disease upon his sturdy warriors;
under his pomp a fire will be kindled
like a blazing flame.
17 The Light of Israel will become a fire,
their Holy One a flame;
in a single day it will burn and consume
his thorns and his briers.
18 The splendor of his forests and fertile fields
it will completely destroy,
as when a sick person wastes away.
19 And the remaining trees of his forests will be so few
that a child could write them down.
20 In that day the remnant of Israel,
the survivors of Jacob,
will no longer rely on him
who struck them down
but will truly rely on the Lord,
the Holy One of Israel.
21 A remnant will return,[b] a remnant of Jacob
will return to the Mighty God.
22 Though your people be like the sand by the sea, Israel,
only a remnant will return.
Destruction has been decreed,
overwhelming and righteous.
23 The Lord, the Lord Almighty, will carry out
the destruction decreed upon the whole land.
24 Therefore this is what the Lord, the Lord Almighty, says:
“My people who live in Zion,
do not be afraid of the Assyrians,
who beat you with a rod
and lift up a club against you, as Egypt did.
25 Very soon my anger against you will end
and my wrath will be directed to their destruction.”
26 The Lord Almighty will lash them with a whip,
as when he struck down Midian at the rock of Oreb;
and he will raise his staff over the waters,
as he did in Egypt.
27 In that day their burden will be lifted from your shoulders,
their yoke from your neck;
the yoke will be broken
because you have grown so fat.[c]
28 They enter Aiath;
they pass through Migron;
they store supplies at Mikmash.
29 They go over the pass, and say,
“We will camp overnight at Geba.”
Ramah trembles;
Gibeah of Saul flees.
30 Cry out, Daughter Gallim!
Listen, Laishah!
Poor Anathoth!
31 Madmenah is in flight;
the people of Gebim take cover.
32 This day they will halt at Nob;
they will shake their fist
at the mount of Daughter Zion,
at the hill of Jerusalem.
33 See, the Lord, the Lord Almighty,
will lop off the boughs with great power.
The lofty trees will be felled,
the tall ones will be brought low.
34 He will cut down the forest thickets with an ax;
Lebanon will fall before the Mighty One.

a. Isaiah 10:13 Or treasures; / I subdued the mighty,
b. Isaiah 10:21 Hebrew shear-jashub (see 7:3 and note); also in verse 22
c. Isaiah 10:27 Hebrew; Septuagint broken / from your shoulders

It's a long chapter..... so this is from the easy English site.

The Assyrians do not realise that they are merely a temporary tool in God’s hand. The Lord, not people, controls history.​
It was common to use a pile of stones to mark a boundary (see Deuteronomy 19:14). Someone who removed such a mark was claiming the land as their own (see Deuteronomy 27:17).​
To seize the wealth of the nations also means that they cannot buy more arms to defend themselves. The king is like someone who takes eggs from a nest. This picture in words means that the king prevents the possibility of new forces to oppose him.
The king of Assyria has made a great mistake. Military arms may be the most modern and efficient. But unless the soldiers are able to use them, the arms have no value whatever.
This probably refers to the sudden fate of the Assyrian army. In one night, 185 000 soldiers died (see 37:36-37).
The Assyrians will be able to see Jerusalem from the town called Nob. ‘Shake their fists’ means to threaten (warn) the inhabitants. The Assyrian attack will be fierce.
This is from

YHWH will judge him and his army in one day. This refers to (1) Tiglath-Pileser III or (2) specifically to Sennacherib (701 b.c.), recorded in Isaiah 36-38; II Kgs. 18:17-21:11; II Chr. 32:9-24, where 185,000 soldiers die before the walls of Jerusalem in response to the arrogance of the king of Assyria and his military leaders (#2 fits best, but did not happen until decades after Tiglath-Pileser III took Samaria). There is a difference between the God of Israel and the idols of the nations!
As I read this.... I could see just one theme..... "no respect"
  • Ahaze the king of Judah.... showed no respect when he moved God's stuff out of the Temple.
  • The people of Judah.... showed no respect when they saw what the king was doing... but they didn't cry out.
  • The king of Assyria.... showed no respect when he figured he could just run over Judah.... without fearing a beat down from God.
God has only a few rules.... but one of them is that humans have to respect Him. Nothing.... not a king.... or a president....or a preacher.... or an army can stop God. The king of Judah was arrogant.... and God had him led out of Judah led by a ring through his nose like a stupid ox. The king of Assyria was arrogant when he thought he could attack God's people without God's ok...... and God arranged for 185,000 Assyrian soldiers to die in one night. [Compare that to the total number of names on the Vietnam Memorial.... 57,939]

His people were bowing down to fake idols.

God's not going to put up with stupid humans forever..... He's patient.... but He's jealous.... and He's going to get His humans back under control.