Isaiah 25:9-12. New American Standard Bible 9 And it will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God for whom we have waited [a]that He might save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited; Let’s rejoice and be glad in His salvation.” 10 For the hand of the Lord will rest on this mountain, And Moab will be trampled down in his place As straw is trampled down in the water of a manure pile. 11 And he will spread out his hands in the middle of it As a swimmer spreads out his hands to swim, But the Lord will lay low his pride together with the trickery of his hands. 12 The unassailable fortifications of your walls He will bring down, Lay low, and throw to the ground, to the dust.
In that day speaks of the time when we shall feast with the Lord. It speaks of that day in which God will judge the nations of the earth. This is the song of the faithful and the redeemed. Paul tells us that our battle is not against flesh and blood. Sadly, in this life there are many who reject the ways of God and instead want to go their own way. Jesus even said broad is the road that leads to destruction and many will walk on it. But for those who have faithfully lived for Him, for those who have consecrated their lives to Him, this shall be their song.
They sing surely this is our God. God has become their personal God. They have rejected the false gods of the earth. They have rejected the false idols that try to take the worship that only Christ deserves. If we are truly in right relationship with Almighty God it is Him alone that we will choose to serve.
Our salvation is based on our faith and trust in Jesus Christ. We are unable to save ourselves. Our works will not save us and our performance will not save us. Only God can save us. He has established the plan of salvation that is based on faith alone in Christ Jesus. This is the only way it is possible. In our broken humanity we are spiritually and morally bankrupt.
Those who sing this song rejoice because they have trusted God and He has shown Himself faithful. Throughout the pages of scripture the Lord reveals who He is. He is faithful every time. He is faithful to every promise. He is faithful to save. The enemy will try to overwhelm us with lies and deception, but it is simply a lie. God calls us to trust Him and rely upon Him for all things. He will meet every need. In the end He shall save us and we shall spend all eternity with Him.
Moab represents all those who arrogantly stand against the purposes and the plans of God. What ultimately destroys a person or a nation is their pride and arrogance. God has provided the most precious gift in His Son and those who are proud and arrogant simply choose to reject it. They don’t believe they are in need of a savior or saving.
Moab throughout its history was always an enemy of Israel. They were born out of a incestious relationship between Lot and his daughter. But in the end the Lord will crush the arrogant and the prideful. The Lord uses the imagery of straw being trodden down in the water of a manure pile. The refuse heap was a combination of manure, water, and straw. Straw when it is trodden down in the manure pile has nothing to stand upon and no firmness to be able to resist crushing. The proud and arrogant will not be able to resist the hand of Almighty God. God will deal with them and they will not be able to stand against Him.
Despite all their cleverness and their trickery, they will not be able to stop the purposes of God. It is this image of a swimmer stretching out his hands trying to swim through manure mixed with water and straw. No matter how hard the swimmer tries to swim, they will not be able to move fluidly through it as they would through simple water. This is what will happen to the attempts of the wicked that try to fight against the purposes of God. It will be to no avail. For God will bring their pride low and there will be no escape.
The nations that were often the enemies of Israel had high fortified walls. They often placed their trust in their walls and believed they were able to stop any assault. Because of this they lived in arrogance and pride. But God says that He will bring down their high fortified walls. He will utterly demolish them. The arrogance and pride of man is foolishness before the Living God. It simply leads to destruction in the end. God gives people ample time to repent of their wickedness and sin. But when we see the wicked prospering we must remember that God is firmly in control. He in the end will have His ways. His promises are sure and it is what we are called to build our lives on.