20 And this will happen: on that day, the remnant of Israel and the survivor of the house of Jacob will not continue to lean on its attacker but will lean on Yahveh, the holy one of Israel, in truth. 21 A remnant will return– the remnant of Jacob–to a mighty God. 22 Because though your people Israel was like the sand of the sea, a mere remnant of it will return. A time of annihilation is planned, a time of overflowing righteousness. 23 Because the Lord Yahveh of armies is about to make a complete destruction and a planned end in the midst of all the land.
a remnant of sand
Growing up in Suwannee county, Florida, I know all about sand. No matter where you go – in the field or on the road, at home or at church, a fine layer of sand accompanies you. The floor mats on your car or truck tell the tale of where you have been. A remnant – a thin layer of sand — returns with you.
The LORD had promised Abraham and Jacob that the nation coming from them would be as numerous as the sand of the sea. Now, he is reversing the promise. That nation that he had blessed, he will now curse for its rebellion. The nation that he prospered, he will now whittle down to a small remnant, who will once again learn to lean on him instead of the superpowers around them.
Such is the case with every nation or family who turns its back on the Yahveh of armies. The LORD will continue to hold on to those who are his, but they will be like a small remnant of sand. All other traces of the LORD and his greatness and glory will disappear from those who have rejected him.
LORD, forgive us for leaning on the wrong king. Restore your glory to our land.
 Genesis 22:17; 32:12.