“Grain must be ground to make bread, so one does not go on threshing it forever…All this also comes from the LORD Almighty, whose plan is wonderful, whose wisdom is magnificent”.
Have you ever thought about the fact that God’s salvation always comes through judgement? It is true, study every story in the Bible and there is always salvation brought by God through judgement by God. Adam and Eve were judged by God after they sinned but salvation was right there in the form of the coming hope. Noah was saved on the ark while God was judging the people on the earth. God was judging Jonah all the while we was saving Nineveh right before Jonah’s eyes. And most importantly, God was pouring His holy judgement upon Jesus on the cross, while He was making a way for the salvation of many souls. Today in the reading of Isaiah, and in fact the entire book of Isaiah, salvation by God was brought about through judgement of people. We read today many “woe” oracles or prophecies by Isaiah that signify the coming judgement of God on His people but every oracle also includes the salvation of the remnant that will be held and kept by God. God judges Ephraim with Assyria and saves Judah in salvation. God is going to judge Judah but bring salvation to a few that are left and kept by Him. God's salvation through judgement is still very true today. We all, every single human being will have to deal with the judgement of God. The question is, will you face the judgement of God on your own or will you face the judgement of God with your Substitute? Only 1 of those ways of facing God’s judgment will bring about true salvation.