24 “Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts: “O my people, who dwell in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrians when they strike with the rod and lift up their staff against you as the Egyptians did. 25 For in a very little while my fury will come to an end, and my anger will be directed to their destruction. 26 And the Lord of hosts will wield against them a whip, as when he struck Midian at the rock of Oreb. And his staff will be over the sea, and he will lift it as he did in Egypt.” (Isaiah 10:24–26)
Along with the truth that God always preserves and possesses a believing remnant (Isaiah 10:20-23), He also promises that those who are His remnant will also possess liberty. Liberty is possessing freedom, independence, emancipation and liberation. While citizens of the United States of America today celebrate their liberty from England resulting in America’s independence, believers in Jesus Christ celebrate their liberty, freedom, independence and liberation from the penalty, power and eventual presence of sin.
For the Nation of Israel in the 8th century B.C., the liberty God promised was liberty from the presence of, and persecution by, the Nation of Assyria. The LORD was not reticent about informing Israel, and Judah, that Assyria was His instrument of judgment. However, He also revealed that the His instrument of judgment would itself be judged. He revealed that His fury against Israel would end and that His anger would then be directed towards Assyria.
Dr. Don Carson writes that, “This is a double appeal for faith. First, by recalling ‘His love in time past’ (24–27), secondly by depicting an Assyrian threat suddenly brought to nothing (28–34).”
Dr. John Walvoord explains that, “Isaiah then assured his readers that the Assyrian burden would be removed from Judah. They need not be afraid of the Assyrians. After God had used them to accomplish His purpose against Israel, He would turn His anger against Assyria and punish her (cf. 37:36–37). This would be like His destruction of the Midianites by Gideon (Jud. 7:1–24; cf. Isa. 9:4) and the two Midianite leaders at the rock of Oreb (Jud. 7:25). God would destroy Assyria (figuratively called the waters; cf. Isa. 8:7) as He destroyed Egypt. God promised to lift the Assyrian burden and yoke from Judah (cf. 9:4).”
The ultimate liberty the sinner has is not necessarily liberty from political or military aggression, but rather from the bondage to sin. Romans 8:1-2 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
Rejoice today, not only the freedom we have nationally, but also the freedom all who are in Christ possess eternally.
Soli deo Gloria!