10:24 Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts: “O My people, who dwell in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrian. He shall strike you with a rod and lift up his staff against you, in the manner of Egypt. 25 For yet a very little while and the indignation will cease, as will My anger in their destruction.” 26 And the Lord of hosts will stir up a scourge for him like the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb; as His rod was on the sea, so will He lift it up in the manner of Egypt.
It shall come to pass in that day
That his burden will be taken away from your shoulder,
And his yoke from your neck,
And the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.
He has come to Aiath,
He has passed Migron;
At Michmash he has attended to his equipment.
They have gone along the ridge,
They have taken up lodging at Geba.
Ramah is afraid,
Gibeah of Saul has fled.
Lift up your voice,
O daughter of Gallim!
Cause it to be heard as far as Laish—
O poor Anathoth!
Madmenah has fled,
The inhabitants of Gebim seek refuge.
As yet he will remain at Nob that day;
He will shake his fist at the mount of the daughter of Zion,
The hill of Jerusalem.
Behold, the Lord,
The Lord of hosts,
Will lop off the bough with terror;
Those of high stature will be hewn down,
And the haughty will be humbled.
He will cut down the thickets of the forest with iron,
And Lebanon will fall by the Mighty One.
Did you notice the detail? God tells Judah every place the Assyrian army will pass through on their way to Judah. He even tells that they will stop in Michmash to attend to their equipment. Perhaps some chariot wheels needed repair or something. It seems silly in a way to include all these details that have nothing to do with us. Why did the people back then need to know that Assyria would stop in Michmash to fix their equipment or that they traveled along the ridge and stopped in Geba? Knowing the details wasn't and isn't the point, at least not exactly. The point is to understand that He knows. He is telling Judah not to be afraid. He is promising them that the rule of Assyria will be short lived. That's easy to say. We do it all the time right? Someone gets bad news and we hug them and tell them everything will be ok. The sentiment is great but how do we know? We don't. We don't but He does. If my God can tell me where my enemies will stop to fix their gear before they ever leave home I can trust Him when He says their reign will be short lived.
I love God for many reasons but two of them are on display here in this passage. First He tells me the truth even if I don't want to hear it. He never said Assyria wasn't coming and that tough times weren't ahead. He told the truth. Then He made a promise. The tough times won't last. Freedom will come. And guess what? Both happened just as He said they would.
He tells me the truth even when it's not what I want to hear and He keeps His promises. Can we ask for more?