Isaiah 33:10-16 (NKJV) 10 “Now I will rise,” says the Lord; “Now I will be exalted, Now I will lift Myself up. 11 You shall conceive chaff, You shall bring forth stubble; Your breath, as fire, shall devour you. 12 And the people shall be like the burnings of lime; Like thorns cut up they shall be burned in the fire.13 Hear, you who are afar off, what I have done; And you who are near, acknowledge My might.” 14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; Fearfulness has seized the hypocrites: “Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?” 15 He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, He who despises the gain of oppressions, Who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes, Who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, And shuts his eyes from seeing evil: 16 He will dwell on high; His place of defense will be the fortress of rocks; Bread will be given him, His water will be sure.
Prior to verse 10, in verses 1 through 9, we see God’s people in deep distress. So, they pray to the Lord for deliverance from the treachery of the Assyrians (verses 1 and 2). When God moves into action, the Jews will recover the bounty that was stolen from them (verses 3 and 4). For the Lord will fill Zion with justice and righteousness. And He will enrich His people with spiritual treasure (verses 5 and 6). But until then, the ambassadors of Judah cry out to the Lord because they have failed in their mission to secure peace with Assyria (verses 7 through 9). Then here in verses 10 through 16, we are told of the impending judgment on Zion. In God’s perfect timing, He will arise to deal with the plundering foe of Judah (verse 10). Their schemes are futile. They will suffer the same wrath that they inflict on others and they will be utterly destroyed. For God’s judgment will be complete (verses 11 and 12). God sends out His decree of judgment to the godless Gentiles and to the apostate Jews in Zion. They are told to recognize God (verse 13). God is a consuming fire, and in the fire of God’s wrath only those who walk righteously and separate themselves from every form of evil will survive (verses 14 through 16). My friend, what can we take away from these verses in Isaiah chapter 33? This chapter pronounces a judgment upon those who seek to destroy God’s people and lay waste His land. It directly refers to the Assyrians, but it extends to the final enemy of the Jews in the last days. This chapter is a pronouncement of judgment on all who spoil God’s people and His land. Today there is a tremendous movement of ungodliness. Evil is growing by leaps and bounds. That is the reason why God’s people need to get out the Word of God, the message of salvation, the gospel of Jesus Christ. We don’t know how much longer we have to reach the lost and strengthen the faith of our brothers and sisters in Christ. But we must continue to do so as long as God allows. We must tell people about the grace of God. For His grace will come to an end one day, then He is going to bring judgment. And His fiery wrath will consume all ungodliness. This is why all of God’s people needs to be concerned about sharing the Word of God. For God’s judgment is coming. Therefore, all who have been declared righteous by their faith in Christ are to walk in righteousness. For in that awful day when sin abounds, grace will much more abound. And God will deliver His people. The Lord Himself is the source of Israel’s defense and blessing. And for all who are in Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ is coming again. He will bring God’s fiery judgment upon the earth, and He will bring real peace to the earth.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.