Rather, Assyria planned in its own heart to cut off many nations. The Assyrians simply intended to do to Judah what they had done to the rest of the nations. They thought they were acting in complete independence. But does being instruments of divine wrath somehow exonerate them from responsibility for the evil inherent in their military policies?
If this irresistible divine decree brings them to Israel, what culpability do they have for their actions? And yet Scripture is clear that they will be held accountable.
The very act that the Assyrians carried out under divine decree was an act of evil—so evil that God will turn on them and bring destruction on them. Not only did God pronounce judgment on Assyria for its wicked deeds but also for the motives behind the deeds. God will punish the Assyrians for their motives and for their failure to recognize His glory by taking credit for what they had done.
They thought they had done it by the power of their hands and the wisdom of their own design. That rebellious pride is what invites divine wrath.
God is the One who wielded Assyria like an ax to chop down Judah and Jerusalem, and yet He righteously holds the ax responsible vv. Evildoers do evil not because they are forced to, but by their own evil intent. And Isaiah never makes an attempt to resolve or explain away what many would regard as a judicial paradox.
The Bible is simply not concerned with reconciling divine judgment with any human assumptions about justice or fairness. We see the same tension between divine sovereignty and human responsibility in bold relief in Acts 2. But Scripture never attempts to ease the apparent tension. The mission, passion and purpose of Ligonier Ministries is to proclaim the holiness of God in all its fullness to as many people as possible. Your gift enables our worldwide outreach. Donate Now.
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