Isaiah 10: Destroyed by Pride
Sometimes I wonder if God just looks down from heaven and shakes his head at the oddities of human nature. Remember that all through Isaiah, we are going to be watching a nation who was being punished for abandoning God. They are be punished as the Assyrians will come marching in. However, now that we are in Isaiah 10, we see that the Assyrians are going to make a very similar mistake to what the people of Israel had done.
Isa 10:12 Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks.
Isa 10:13 For he saith, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for I am prudent: and I have removed the bounds of the people, and have robbed their treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man:
Isa 10:14 And my hand hath found as a nest the riches of the people: and as one gathereth eggs that are left, have I gathered all the earth; and there was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or peeped.
I have a feeling that if the King of Assyria had spoken to the people of Judah, there would have been some who could had told him exactly why Judah fell. They could have told him about the people drifting away from God, and they could have told the King something about how he ought to relate to God.
That was not what happened though. He doesn’t seem to have ever come to that realization. He began to take credit for himself, and God was not going to let him remain in charge either. He got overrun just like the people of Judah did.
Pride seems to do that. We think that we have all the answers, and we start drifting away from God because He simply doesn’t seem necessary anymore. We don’t need to rely on Him because we think that we have everything put together.
Assyria was obviously not a Godly nation to begin with, but you can see the obvious problem here. Pride is never a good thing when you begin to take the place that God deserves.