4. Nothing will remain but to cringe among the captives or fall among the slain.
etfor all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised.
Notice that God declares that Israel¶s rebellion has become so extreme that it wasas if they said in the pride and arrogance of their heart, ³Come, let us rebuild theTower of Babel.´ The Tower of Babel is the ultimate symbol of rebellion, andNimrod, also referred to as Asshur in Genesis 10:11, and named as Asshur thebuilder of Babylon in Isaiah 23:13 (KJV), is the ultimate arrogant Rebel who choseto oppose God.Remember now that Isaiah, even as he predicts judgment upon Israel keepssaying,
et for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is stillupraised.´
Now in Isaiah 10:5 the prophet continues by explaining how God¶swrath against Israel will culminate in the figure of Asshur. He actually becomes therod of the anger of God, and in his hand he holds the club of God¶s wrath. He is theculmination of God¶s hand that is raised in anger against Israel:
5. "Woe to Asshur, 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 angerme, to seize loot and snatch plunder, and to trample them down like mud in thestreets.7. But this is not what he intends, this is not what he has in mind; his purpose is todestroy, to put an end to many nations.8. `Are not my commanders all kings?' he says.9. `
ave I not taken the country above Babylon and Chalanes, where the tower was built? (LXX)
Is not Hamath like Arpad, and Samaria like Damascus?10. As my hand seized the kingdoms of the idols, kingdoms whose images excelledthose of Jerusalem and Samaria--11. shall I not deal with Jerusalem and her images as I dealt with Samaria and heridols?'"12. When the Lord has finished
all his work
against Mount Zion and Jerusalem, hewill say, "I will punish the king of Assyria for the willful pride of his heart and thehaughty look in his eyes.13. For he says: "`By the strength of my hand I have done this, and by mywisdom, because I have understanding. I removed the boundaries of nations, Iplundered 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 men gather abandoned eggs, so I gathered all the countries; not one flapped awing, or opened its mouth to chirp.'"15. Does the ax raise itself above him who swings it, or the saw boast against himwho uses it? As if a rod were to wield him who lifts it up, or a club brandish him whois not wood!