Isaiah 10:5
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5  Ha! Assyria, rod of My anger, In whose hand, as a staff, is My fury!

HOY a-SHUR SHAY-vet a-PEE u-ma-teh HU v’-ya-DAM za-MEE

ה  הוֹי אַשּׁוּר שֵׁבֶט אַפִּי וּמַטֶּה־הוּא בְיָדָם זַעְמִי׃

10:5   Assyria, rod of My anger

Ancient idol-worshippers believed that the fortunes of their countries were directly tied to the strength of their gods. Therefore, if another country was to conquer theirs, they would have no problem transferring their worship and loyalty to the invaders’ gods, as these were clearly stronger. Against that background, what Yeshayahu says to the people in this verse is quite revolutionary: Not only are the Assyrian gods non-existent, but Hashem Himself controls the Assyrians, and is using them as an instrument to punish Israel. Should the People of Israel return to God and practice justice and righteousness, however, Hashem will break the Assyrian yoke of oppression and punish the Assyrians for their arrogance. Yeshayahu’s eternal message to the Children of Israel is that God is always the cause of everything that occurs to them, and the nature of their fortune will be determined only on the basis of their record of adherence to His laws.

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  • All that is happening to us as believers is orchestrated by God according to His will. If I am straying then my experiences after the fall is meant to align me to get me right with God again. So the devil cannot touch me without God knowing and God will allow according to my level of faith.

  • I find this verse and interpretation right on target. If one is to follow this Creator God, one has to be in this frame of mind since it is more than likely that if things are coming against you, there are only two options, you are doing things very right toward this Almighty God and the evil one is coming against you for it or, you are being disciplined for your failure to keep to His commandments to love your God and neighbor.

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Isaiah 10:5

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