“The remnant shall return…” —Isaiah 10:21
Read Isaiah 10:20-27
The whole nation of Israel was summoned to turn to the mighty God, but only a remnant was willing to repent of their sins. At first glance, it seems that the picture is positive, because the Lord was willing to deliver them from the world power Assyria. But sadly, only a part – a remnant – of the children of Israel would return to God.
The remnant mentioned in our text realized that it was sheer foolishness to depart from the Lord and to trust in the powers that ruled. They also learned that the Lord is a keeper of His word. Had Israel not been struck with much misery and destruction, as the prophets had foretold them? The Lord had showed much patience with the nation of Israel, but time after time they had grieved the Lord. According to verse 22, “the consumption [or destruction] decreed shall overflow with righteousness.”
Are we trying the patience of God? Do we still reject His counsel? How foolish! The Jews and the Assyrians had to acknowledge that the Lord is God, and so must we. This is true of every-one who places their hope in the world!
Why did the remnant return?
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