Vs. 2, “to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless.” The leaders in Israel were greedy for gain and they exploited the poor. Unfortunately, not much has changed in human history over the years. Although God allowed Assyria to attack his people, Assyria began to get so big-headed that they bragged & boasted of their power. God would destroy them too. Nations may boast through the years, but God has the last say. But yet in the midst of the carnage, we find hope. A Remnant of Israel …a few who survived would be able to come back to the promised land by the grace of God. This Remnant is most definitely prophetic and continues through tribulation, thousand year reign of Christ and the War of .
Regarding application…Arrogant Pride. Vs. 15, “Does the ax raise itself above him who swings it, or the saw boast against him who uses it? As if a rod were to wield him who lifts it up, or a club brandish him who is not wood.” Imagine an ax out in the woods. You are walking through the woods and hear something patting itself on the back and saying, “Look at this big tree I cut down.” You walk over to the ax and find nothing but the ax. You say to the ax, “What do you mean, you cut down the tree?” The ax replies, “The tree is down, and I did it.” You say that is silly. Somebody had to be using the ax, and that is exactly how it was with Assyria and other nations of the world. God uses nations…God uses people. It is so silly for us to arrogantly take credit where credit is not due. “Not to us, but to His name be the Glory!”