09.27.2016 Old Testament: Isa 10.15
To read the Bible in a year, read Isaiah 10–12 on September 27, In the year of our Lord 2016
By Don Ruhl
The last thing that Assyria wanted to believe was that the Lord God of Israel used them anyway He desired (Isaiah 10.5–11). Then when He was finished using them, He would punish them for their sins (Isaiah 10.12). Yet, the Assyrians believed that they did whatever they did to other nations by their own power (Isaiah 10.13–14). The Lord responded to that arrogant claim, saying,
Shall the ax boast itself against him who chops with it?
Or shall the saw exalt itself against him who saws with it?
As if a rod could wield itself against those who lift it up,
Or as if a staff could lift up, as if it were not wood!
The Lord used Assyria like a man would use an ax, a saw, a rod, or a staff. When was the last time you used such a tool, or any tool, and the instrument boasted that it was the one that got the job done?