Tuesday, May 16, 2023
“For through the voice of the LORD shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod” (Isaiah 30:31 KJV).
Who is this “Assyrian?”
In Isaiah chapter 52, verse 4, we read the following comment: “For thus saith the Lord GOD, My people went down aforetime into Egypt to sojourn there; and the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.” Of course, Jacob and his household migrated down into Egypt in Genesis chapter 46 to meet his son Joseph and family. For centuries, the 12 tribes of Israel had a pleasant experience among the Egyptians because Joseph was in the favor of Pharaoh and his successors.
However, there came a turning point in Exodus chapter 1: “ And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation.  And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.  Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.  And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:  Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.  Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.  But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.”
Once Joseph and his brethren passed off the scene, a new Pharaoh came into power, and the Israelites were mercilessly persecuted and their male newborn babies were slaughtered (see Exodus 1:15-22). Isaiah 52:4, which we read already, designates this Pharaoh as “the Assyrian.” Moreover, Isaiah knows of another “Assyrian”—and, today’s Scripture, he writes of yet another “Assyrian.” The identity of the Assyrian of today’s Scripture can be better appreciated by looking at the other Assyrians of Isaiah’s massive Book….