God Prepares a Banquet
6Here on Mount Zion the Lord Almighty will prepare a banquet for all the nations of the world—a banquet of the richest food and the finest wine. 7Here he will suddenly remove the cloud of sorrow that has been hanging over all the nations. 8 The Sovereign Lord will destroy death forever! He will wipe away the tears from everyone's eyes and take away the disgrace his people have suffered throughout the world. The Lord himself has spoken.
9When it happens, everyone will say, “He is our God! We have put our trust in him, and he has rescued us. He is the Lord! We have put our trust in him, and now we are happy and joyful because he has saved us.”
Reflection: The vision of God’s Kingdom foretold in Isaiah includes the defeat of God’s great enemy – death. Comfort and release from the ‘shroud that is cast over all peoples’ and a great feast is the incredible image of God’s kingdom. Jesus’ life included feasting and celebrating: he offered comfort to those suffering (such as Lazarus’ family, the woman with the sickness of bleeding for years, and the widow of Nain) and in his incredible resurrection, he broke through death and
started the process of ‘swallowing up death for ever’.
Question: Reflect on the role of the Lord in this passage – what is he described as doing? How do his people respond?
Prayer: Father, thank you for the beautiful image of you wiping away our tears and removing our disgrace. Thank you that your coming Kingdom is full of feasting and life eternal. We will wait for you. Amen.
We are reading the Bible with Jessica Smith until 24th March.
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