A prophecy of the Assyrian invasion of Judah.
- Contrast the invasion as seen in the mind of the Assyrian king (verses 7-10, 13, 14), and as seen in the purpose of God (verses 5, 6, 12, 16-19). How does this passage help us to understand how the holy God can use evil men or nations to carry out his purposes?
- In the stress of the trial it might have seemed that God had cast off his people. But was it so (verses 20-23)? Cf. Rom. 9:27-29. What was the purpose of God’s chastening?
- How does today’s portion make clearer the two predictions implied in the names of the prophet’s two sons? See Study 5, Note 1.
- Verse 17. ‘The light of Israel’ and Holy One’ are names for God.
- Verse 20. ‘Him who struck them down’: i.e., the king of Assyria. The ‘remnant’ will have learned the lesson Ahaz had failed to learn.
- Verses 28-32. A vivid picture of the approach of the enemy, checked only at the very walls of Jerusalem.