Isaiah- Session 6- 31:1-9

Session 6- Trusting God

Isaiah 31:1-9

Lesson Resources:

Subject:  Trust

Central Theme:  Trusting God

Objective Sentence: 3 Principles that Help Us Trust God

Keyword: Principles

Principle #1- Trusting in man will bring doom. v.1-3

Principle #2- Trusting in God will bring protection. v.4-5, 8-9

Principle #3- Trusting in God necessitates repentance. v.6-7

Introduction:

Connection:

  • We are living in a time where it can be hard to feel secure.
  • What kinds of things are eroding your security right now?
  • When do you feel the most secure?

Tension:

  • We naturally look to put our trust into all kinds of things.
  • Ultimately our trust should not be in things that substitute for the security that we should find in God and God alone.
  • Today I want you to see that God can be trusted.

You should put your trust in God because based on three principles.

Principle #1- Trusting in man will bring doom. v.1-3

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! Isaiah 31:1

Explanation:

  • In this week’s text we start out with a very definitive statement that must be read all the way through to make a proper interpretation.
  • God, through the mouth of the prophet Isaiah pronounces “woe” or doom, danger, and destruction to a certain kind of person with a specific kind of thinking.
  • Who is the one in danger?  Notice the list of characteristics given in this text of the person who is in danger:
    • Those who rely on Egypt
    • Stay on horses
    • Trust in chariots
    • Count the number
    • Trust in horseman
  • There is a way of thinking that suggests that man’s plans, man’s strength, man’s strategies, man’s inventions, and the like are worth putting all your trust and confidence.
  • The issue is not with having plans, strategies, or inventions.
  • The issue with God is mentioned at the end of the verse when it says, “…but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, nor trust in God.”
  • Ultimate, eternal security can only be found in the True and Living God of Israel.  All other hope is false hope.

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.  Psalms 20:7

  • Putting our trust in mortal man at the expense of putting our trust in the eternal True and Living God will always ultimately lead to “woe”, danger, and destruction.

 

Application:

  • Certainly, this passage has a national perspective in mind, but it does not disclude this principle being applicable to our own individual lives.
  • Is it wrong to plan or prepare?  Of course, it is not.
  • The issue is not having defenses, or a plan.  The issue is one of trust.
  • Where is your security?
  • Do you trust in your plan, your weapon, or some temporary man-made factor more than, or instead of trusting in God?
  • Anything that we trust in at the expense of trusting in God becomes an idol competing with God for honor, glory, and worship due solely and exclusively to Him.  We ought to plan, but our plans ought to be as unto the Lord.  Proverbs 3:5-6 give us wise direction about this very issue.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  (6)  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.   Proverbs 3:5-6

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.

Isaiah 31:2-3

Explanation:

  • At the national level, Kings would seek out counselors to give them advice and direction as to what to do.
  • Some commentators say that verse 2 is a statement somewhat directed at the king who is trusting in the advice of these counselors, when it states, “He also is wise”.
  • It is as if the prophet is saying, “You’re trusting in the counsel of these so called ‘wise men’ but God is the ultimate wisdom.”
  • Why should God be trusted?  Several reasons are given in these two verses.
    • He is wise. – His wisdom surpasses human wisdom.
    • He will judge evil doers. – Every person will ultimately answer to God.
    • Egyptians are just men. – They are not the omniscient, omnipotent God of the Universe.
    • Their horses are just animals. – Animals are temporary, created beings.
    • God will destroy the evil doers, and those who rely on them. – Those who rely on others who do not acknowledge God will be judged.  Both parties will be judged.

Application:

  • It may seem like a good idea in the short term to rely more on the temporary, man-made, evil doer rather than to trust in God, but that plan will ultimately always turn out the same way.
  • If you rely on them ultimately both you and they will fall.

You should put your trust in God because based on three principles.

Principle #1- Trusting in man will bring doom. v.1-3

Principle #2- Trusting in God will bring protection. v.4-5, 8-9

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.
Isaiah 31:4-5

 

Explanation:

  • In these verses we see two descriptive metaphors.

1.  Young Lion

  • God compares Himself as a young, fierce lion facing some shepherds.
  • The lion is not afraid of the shepherds. He is not scared of their shouting against him.
  • He is not afraid of their staff or their sling.
  • Notice when the comparison is made God is called the Lord of Hosts.
  • This is a description of God as the God of armies.  What will he do?  He will fight for “mount Zion”, a name for Jerusalem and Israel.

2. Flying Bird

  • Mother birds are known to defend their young at all costs.
  • As birds flying will do anything to defend their nest, so God will do what it takes to defend and deliver Jerusalem.  He will deliver it, and He will preserve it.

Application:

  • God is a God who keeps his promises.  He can be trusted.
  • When we trust in Him, He will protect us.
  • What is the best way to express our trust in God?  Obedience.  There is no trust in the presence of disobedience.
  • We must trust God by turning to Him and obeying what He says.
  • One Hymn writer put it this way:

When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

Trust and obey,
for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
but to trust and obey.

Not a shadow can rise,
not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear,
not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.

Trust and obey,
for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
but to trust and obey.

 

(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.

Isaiah 31:8-9

 

Explanation:

  • Here Isaiah foretells of the protection God would provide.
  • Assyria would be defeated, but not by a mean or mighty man.
  • This may seem impossible to those in that day because of the military strength of the children of Israel.
  • From a human perspective it would have been impossible, but we know that Assyria would fall at the hand of the Lord.
  • Isaiah 37:36-37describes what many believe to be the fulfillment of this prophecy:

“Then the angel of the LORD went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.  (37)  So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.”

  • It is also described similarly in 2 Kings 19:35-36:

2 Kings 19:35-36

(35)  And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.

(36)  So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.

  • The “he” in verse 9 continues to refer to Assyria.

“(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.”

  • Assyria will leave because of fear, and the leaders of Assyria will be afraid of the ensign or the battle flag of the Almighty God.

Application:

  • God can be trusted!  We can experience His protection.  This does not mean that no bad thing will ever happen to us.  What it does mean is that those that are in Christ Jesus need not worry about ultimate, eternal danger.

Romans 10:9-13

(9)  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

(10)  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

(11)  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

(12)  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

(13)  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 

You should put your trust in God because based on three principles.

Principle #1- Trusting in man will bring doom. v.1-3

Principle #2- Trusting in God will bring protection. v.4-5, 8-9

Principle #3- Trusting in God necessitates repentance. v.6-7

  • Notice a little word in our text. You can find it in verse 9.
  • It is the word “then”.

(8) Then shall the Assyrian fall with the sword…

  • The word then can communicate when something would happen.
  • The protection of the Lord from the Assyrians would happen at a particular time.
  • When would the protective hand of the Lord protect the children of Israel against the Assyrians?
  • Look at verse 6 and 7

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.
Isaiah 31:6-7

  • God would protect them after they repented.
  • In this text God is calling for His people to repent.  He is predicting that it would happen.
  • Repentance is a turning from a direction away from God back towards Him.
  • The “children of Israel have deeply revolted”.  It was time to come back.
  • How did they demonstrate their repentance?  They would demonstrate it in two ways.
  • First, there was the prediction that they would turn back to God.
    • This is often the image of what repentance looks like.
    • Israel has revolted against God.
    • They had turned away from Him towards idolatry and all the immorality that accompanied it.
    • It was time to turn back to God.
  • The second way they demonstrated their repentance was quite visible.
    • They would “cast away” their idols.
    • It is impossible to walk toward God and idolatry at the same time.
    • Turning to God meant turning away from their idols.
    • Notice that the idols were costly.
    • They were made of silver and gold.  They were hand crafted.
    • Getting rid of the idols was costly, but necessary for repentance.

Application:

  • Repentance is always the right answer to our sin.
  • Turning back to God almost always includes getting rid of some kind of an idol.
  • Our idols may not always be hand-crafted implements of silver and gold.
  • Nonetheless our idols can be just as costly, not only in what we pay for them, but in the time and energy we put into them, and how they keep us off track spiritually.

Response:

  • What idols do you have?  What are they costing you?  What would repentance look like if you repented today?
  • Turn back to God today!
  • Cast away your idols! Get rid of them!
  • Trust God! He will protect you.

 

Conclusion:

You should put your trust in God because based on three principles.

Principle #1- Trusting in man will bring doom. v.1-3

Principle #2- Trusting in God will bring protection. v.4-5, 8-9

Principle #3- Trusting in God necessitates repentance. v.6-7

2 thoughts on “Isaiah- Session 6- 31:1-9”

  1. Awesome lesson in trusting in God. Then we, Christians must be very careful not to put our trust in anything or anyone who will cause us to lose focus on the One we
    trust…JESUS.

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