“Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne by me from the belly, which are carried from the womb:(Is.46:3).
The nation of Israel is the firstborn of God. This idea is behind the verse quoted above. God is patient and long suffering so does not make a full end of them for their many transgressions. The nations around them proved to be like scourge or goads; but like unruly children Israel had resisted the chastening of God. They had gone away backwards and it caused Prophet Isaiah to throw his hands in despair and ask,”Why should ye be stricken any more?ye will revolt more and more(Is.1:5-6). We have the proof as to the state of mind under which they rejected their Messiah. “But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!” “Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked. “We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered (Jn.19:15-NIV). They also were willing to take the consequences. Historically all that they suffered stemmed from their own fault.From sole of their foot to the head there was no soundness. Now they have found their way back home and it is a remnant as predicted by the prophet.
Let us return to preceding verse 20, “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.”
No more it is Assyria or Babylon or any other nation but how well are they resolved to stay upon the Holy God of Israel?
“The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God.For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness.(vv.21-22).”
This has not been as yet completely fulfilled. We are in the flux and one day it shall so happen suddenly and the risen Christ shall be seen in mid-air to collect his saints.
23 For the Lord God of hosts shall make a consumption, even determined, in the midst of all the land.
24 Therefore thus saith the Lord God of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt.
25 For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction.
26 And the Lord of hosts shall stir up a scourge for him according to the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb: and as his rod was upon the sea, so shall he lift it up after the manner of Egypt.
“And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing(v.27)”.
Like the Aaron’s rod Israel has to blossom forth and it shall occur when they shall realize their folly and wail over the One whom they pierced. They had been punished enough and nations that abused them in their helpless state shall find their glory even as Assria or Babylon was an illusion. “Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me (Micah.7:8). It is not because by will of men but God is nigh unto the cry of his people. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise(Ps.41:17). It is thus God shall deal with nations. A remnant of Israel shall find their way back to God and so shall from gentile nations.
28 He is come to Aiath, he is passed to Migron; at Michmash he hath laid up his carriages:
29 They are gone over the passage: they have taken up their lodging at Geba; Ramah is afraid; Gibeah of Saul is fled.
30 Lift up thy voice, O daughter of Gallim: cause it to be heard unto Laish, O poor Anathoth.
31 Madmenah is removed; the inhabitants of Gebim gather themselves to flee.
32 As yet shall he remain at Nob that day: he shall shake his hand against the mount of the daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.
33 Behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, shall lop the bough with terror: and the high ones of stature shall be hewn down, and the haughty shall be humbled.
34 And he shall cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one.