God Punishes, but Preserves, Israel

Isaiah 27:7. “Hath He smitten him, as He smote those that smote him? or is he slain according to the slaughter of them that are slain by Him?

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The pronouns in this verse could lead one to give up trying to figure out what it means.  I’ve read several explanations.  Amazingly enough, they all agree with each other!

Here’s another way to read it:

Has He (God) destroyed him (Jacob) in the same way He (God) destroyed Jacob’s enemies?  Or is Jacob (Israel) dealt with in the same way as Jacob’s enemies have been slain?

The answer?  No. God’s wrath, poured out on  Israel’s enemies, was not and will not be poured out in equal measure on Israel.  He punished Israel for her sins, but He will redeem and restore Israel. Israel’s enemies will never be restored (Is. 63:1-5; Zech. 14; Mt. 25:31-46).

2 thoughts on “God Punishes, but Preserves, Israel

  1. I have come to finding the antecedent, circling it and drawing a line to the pronoun. That is one thing in writing style that has vastly improved. It may seem pedantic to come to repeat the antecedent, but doing that sure bring clarity to the writing. Now, theologically, over the years of reading through the entire Bible, it is clear that God always preserves a remnant.

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