April 9 – Isaiah

In April and May, we are reading through the book of the prophet Isaiah. Its major themes are judgment, comfort, and hope, applicable to Jerusalem then in the 8th century B.C. and to us now. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Isaiah 10

Woe to those who make unjust laws,
    to those who issue oppressive decrees,
to deprive the poor of their rights
    and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people,
making widows their prey
    and robbing the fatherless.
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?
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.

God’s Judgment on Assyria

“Woe to the Assyrian, the rod of my anger,
    in whose hand is the club of my wrath!
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.
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.
‘Are not my commanders all kings?’ he says.
    ‘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 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.

The Remnant of Israel

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, 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.
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.

SOAP Note

God and Money | Becky Newman

Scripture

Isaiah 10:14

Observation

God is declaring how He will discipline Jerusalem by the hand of Assyria, then how He will discipline Assyria. We know Assyria is godless and doesn’t recognize God is in control of them. But verse 6 says God’s chosen city of Jerusalem is godless too. It sounds like they have ignored God and taken Him for granted as their excess has grown, particularly wealth. Verse 14 is a word picture of how God takes away their wealth so they will turn back to Him. Not flapping a wing or opening a mouth to chirp indicates familiarity with the hand in the nest and gentleness, like a Father taking care of His little ones.

Application

You are a good Father and You know what is best for me. What struck me in today’s verse is how You have used war to re-distribute wealth when we are hoarding and keeping it to ourselves. Matthew 6:24 comes to mind: “You cannot serve both God and money.” So You took away their dependence on and comfort in money so they would be free to serve You again. You have provided abundance for me and my family, and I need to make sure I stay humbled and dependent on You, and use that abundance in serving You, not letting wealth control me but fully acknowledging that You are in control.

Prayer

Lord, thank You for all You give me; help me to steward it well, serving You only.

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  1. S Isaiah 10:20

    O I was struck today with the idea of “the remnant”. Did those who were a part of the remnant know that they were? Could they be easily distinguished from others? God’s plan of salvation will always be carried out by the “remnant” who truly believe and obey His Word, not by those who merely profess to believe. 1 San 16:7b says, “People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

    A I want to be in the remnant! The questions in verse three are good to assess the status of my heart: 1) What will I do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? 2) To whom will I run for help? 3) Where will I leave my riches? To be in the remnant, my hope has to be properly placed – in my only Source of Hope and not myself or the political strength I can see with my eyes.

    P God, Please forgive my unbelief and disobedience. I want to serve You now so that You are where I run in the future when “disaster comes from afar”. You are my source of help and Your kingdom is the only true place to store my eternal riches. Amen

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