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Unlike the previous Isaiah passage, this verse better fits our expectations. As we read the context, we see that the reference is to "the LORD, the Holy One of Israel" (verse 20).
This passage mentions a day that a "remnant" of Israel would once again rely on the LORD. But it warns us that only a "remnant" would return.
For though your people, O Israel, are like the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will return. Destruction is decreed, overflowing with righteousness. For the Lord, the LORD of hosts, will bring about this destruction as decreed, in all the land. (Isaiah 10:22-23)
The One who is going to accomplish the things mentioned in the Isaiah 9:1-7 passage is the same One who is going to carry out the destruction mentioned in this passage. Perhaps we should reflect upon this for a while. The God who is the God of mercy and grace is also the God of righteous judgment. Surely sin is no trivial matter in his sight!
Part of this passage (verses 22-23) is quoted in Romans 9:27-28 - in the middle of the great passage dealing with God's sovereignty and man's responsibility (Romans 9-11). Perhaps you might want to look at these chapters. You will discover that the issue of sovereignty and responsibility is no less "mind-boggling" than the issue of who the "mighty God" is, as revealed in these two Isaiah passages! Our duty is to accept the Word of God as true, to comprehend it to whatever extent our finite minds can do so, and then to leave the rest to the One who comprehends all things exhaustively!
What does this passage tell us about "the mighty God"?
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Scripture - my translation.