Who is in control of the earth? For a child of God there cannot be any doubt. “I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded(Is.45:12)”. We also have another verse to corroborate it. The earth and the fulness thereof is of the Lord. God as the creator of the heaven and the earth shall see to it that his Sovereign Will is established. Even the fall of a sparrow does not go unnoticed. He feeds the birds of the air, beasts of burden and all creatures great or small. So His Will must be to rid the earth of taint. When God made Adam a steward it was his duty to maintain his Will but his fall did throw the natural order upside down. Sin multiplied in the many offense committed by fallen man. So a day is appointed for redeeming the earth from sinful man. It is what we see in the Great White Throne judgement. “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone:…Re.21:8). When God has willed no man can prevail over it. This is the burden of Isaiah and when he warns no good shall come out of those who wanted to seek help from Egypt we can see why. God has a purpose to teach the people of Judah to learn to trust in Him as before. “There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength(ps.33:16)”. Trust in worldly goods and men is very deceptive.Instead they should leave it to the Lord God. It is what we saw in v.15 of the previous chapter.”For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not(Is.30:15)”.
The present chapter continues with the burden of the prophet.”Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit(v.3).
Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lord!
2 Yet he also is wise, and will bring evil, and will not call back his words: but will arise against the house of the evildoers, and against the help of them that work iniquity.
3 Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When the Lord shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is holpen shall fall down, and they all shall fail together.
4 For thus hath the Lord spoken unto me, Like as the lion and the young lion roaring on his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them: so shall the Lord of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof.
5 As birds flying, so will the Lord of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it.
6 Turn ye unto him from whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted.
7 For in that day every man shall cast away his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which your own hands have made unto you for a sin.
8 Then shall the Assyrian fall with the sword, not of a mighty man; and the sword, not of a mean man, shall devour him: but he shall flee from the sword, and his young men shall be discomfited.
9 And he shall pass over to his strong hold for fear, and his princes shall be afraid of the ensign, saith the Lord, whose fire is in Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem.