Aug. 8. Woes of Rebellious People; Blessings from Relying upon God

Is. 30:1-32:20

Isaiah continued to point out the folly of Judah depending upon Egypt for defense against Assyria. He had previously stated the perilous condition of the Egyptians and further warned of the impending doom of that nation. God stated through the prophet that woe would be upon those who would go to Egypt instead of depending upon Him for advice. Even in the face of those warnings, there were those who turned deaf ears to Isaiah and called for smooth words and deceitful prophecies. Their end would be sudden and swift destruction.

However, even in His anger, God is patient and not willing for any to perish. He continued to wait for Judah in order that He would be exalted. God also made a series of promises for those who would wait upon Him instead of trusting in others for deliverance.

As stated earlier, God’s tools for carrying out His plan were also subject to punishment for their refusal to follow Him. Isaiah turned to Assyria and described how they would be beaten down through the wrath of God.

One person plus God equals a majority. Isaiah again emphasized the woe that would come upon Judah if they trusted in Egypt and their army. God’s strength and tenacity in protecting His people are described as the fearless lion facing a multitude of shepherds and the birds protecting their nests. If Judah would put their idol gods away, God would deliver them from the hands of Assyria.

The prophet pronounced the coming of a true leader who would rein in righteousness and justice allowing peace and calmness within the land. Judah had enjoyed a period of time with Hezekiah as such a leader. There would continue to be times when foolishness and complacency would cause the people to lament and mourn. Those times would, however, be followed by a return to God with ensuing periods of peace and rejoicing. The world needs true leaders today who will seek to do God’s will as they serve their people.