The Holy War (13)


Sung Psalm 60:5-12

Read Isaiah 7:1-14

Holy War by the major prophets

images Assyrians besieging.

The major prophet writing most about this was Isaiah. Specifically, we hear about the Assyrian invasion under Sennacherib in the days of Hezekiah when God miraculously saves Jerusalem by an angel that destroys 185,000 of the enemy. Check out Is.30:15 and 37:36 where we have another example of pacific expectancy, “Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.” This is the last major holy war in the O.T.

In this chapter (7) we have a wicked confederacy of Syria and Israel seeking to install a puppet king in Judah (v6) and hence together resist Assyrian dominance. Judah is afraid (v26). Ahaz, perhaps the most wicked ever king of Judah, refuses to ask God for a sign yet nevertheless God uses the Assyrians to defeat this confederacy.

Scripture links the later victory of Judah over the Assyrians (vv4-6) with the coming of Christ who brings victory to the church as their King (v7) and establish his eternal kingdom. The King of chapters 7,9 and 11 will be victorious (11: 6-9) by his zeal and ultimately will usher in the new heaven and earth. The new Davidic empire typified here includes the Gentiles (v10, 14).

Thinking ahead about 750 years we have all the enemies of the church and God defeated at the cross and in the resurrection.


  • the wicked world is destroyed and renewed (Daniel 2:35, Romans 8:21, II Peter 3:13).
  • The flesh or old man in every believer is dealt a death blow (Romans 8:10-11).
  • Satan defeated and ultimately destroyed (Hebrews 2:14).

Is it not amazing and contrary to all this world’s thinking, that the moment of utmost human helplessness and weakness when Christ gave up the ghost on the cross, was the most powerful event in God’s holy war and ultimately the efficient means whereby he will renew all of creation?

The result is an exultant song of victory (11:12) just like Miriam’s at the Red Sea and Deborah and Barak’s.


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