Isaiah 25

 

 

 

vs. 1-12 - ISAIAH’S SONG OF PRAISE ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF

            GOD’S KINGDOM. A in Isaiah 12, after describing the first setting up

            of Christ’s kingdom and the call of the Gentiles, the prophet broke out

            into song, through joy at the tidings he was commissioned to announce,

            so now, having proclaimed the final establishment of the same kingdom

            in the heavenly Zion, he is again carried away by the sense of exultant

            gladness which he utters in his own person - not, as the former one, in the

            person of the Church. His song divides itself into three sections:

           

      • vs. 1-5, a thanksgiving for deliverance;
      • vs. 6-8, a commemoration of blessings granted; and
      • vs. 9-12, exultation in the security obtained.

 

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v. 1 – “O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name;

            for thou hast done wonderful things” – to Isaiah the “Song of

            Moses” seems to have been a pattern of thanksgiving – Exodus 15

 

"thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth" - the wonders for

            which God is praised are His counsels decreed from eternity!

 

v. 4   To “the poor….the needy in distress” God is:

 

      • “a refuge from the storm”
      • “a shadow from the heat”

 

The idea is a little enlarged in Isaiah 32:2. Its germ is, perhaps, to be found in

Psalm 121:5, 6. No writer accumulates striking images with such force and

beauty as Isaiah. Primarily, the entire imagery has reference to what God

will have done for His people when “the Final Consummation” arrives.

Secondarily, a precious encouragement is held out to all who are undergoing

their earthly trial and probation, who are taught where to look for a sure

refuge in time of trouble.

 

v. 5 – “the branch of the terrible ones will be brought low” - The past

            foreshadows the future.  What God had done in “bringing down

            the enemies of His saints, He would do again and again. He could as

            easily bring to naught the clamorous uprising of heathen nations

            (strangers) against His people, as temper the sun’s heat by the

            interposition of a thick cloud. The branch; rather, the song.

The exultant chant of triumph which the ungodly are sure to raise as they

deem their victory over the people of God complete, will be stopped in

mid-career, and “brought low,” or reduced to silence, by the crushing

overthrow predicted in Isaiah 24.

 

vs. 6-8 - The blessings of the final state are now touched upon, as a

special subject for thanksgiving.  A few blessings  are set forth, as specimens

from which we may form a conception of the general condition of the “saved.”

These are:

           

  • a heavenly feast, in which they will all participate (ver. 6);

 

  • a removal of the “veil,” or “covering,” which is in this life over all

      things, causing men to have an indistinct vision, and an erroneous

      estimate of their value;

 

  • the abolition of death, which will no longer hang over them as a thing

      to be feared; and

 

  • the cessation of tears, or the entire freedom of the saved from all

      sorrow.

 

v. 6 – Charles Spurgeon quotes this verse quite a bit so when I went to

            look it up I was expecting to find a Christmas Sermon but I

            will recommend it anyway because in heaven we will be in

            a Christmas spirit for ever – CY – 2009!

 

(See Isaiah 26 –Spurgeon Sermon – Good Cheer for Christmas – this

web site)

 

 

"in this mountain the Lord of hosts will make unto all people" - there

is no restriction of salvation to any particular race or nation  - some of

each come in  - Dan. 7:14, Matt. 8:11, Rev. 5:9, 7:9 - men and women from

all nations, kindreds, peoples, and tongues.

 

a feast of fat things” - It follows from many passages of Holy Scripture that

there is something in the final beatitude of man which is best represented to us

in our present condition by the image of a “feast” — something very different,

no doubt, from the festive joy of which our Teutonic ancestors hoped to partake

in the halls of Odin, but yet figured to us most fitly and appropriately by terms

ordinarily used to describe earthly feasting. Our Lord tells of a “marriage supper,”

to which He will invite his friends (Matthew 22:2-12); and the scene of the

marriage supper of the Lamb, “according to St. John in the Revelation”

(19:7-9), is heaven. There man, it would seem, will partake of a sacrificial

feast with His glorified Lord (Matthew 26:29) — will eat the “heavenly

manna,” which is “angels’ food” (Psalm 78:25), and drink a spiritual

drink which may be called “the fruit of the vine,” deriving from this

eating” and “drinking” life and joy and strength. It has been already

observed, in the Commentary upon Exodus (p. 581), that the sacrificial

meal on Sinai, whereto the seventy elders were admitted (Exodus 24:9-11),

prefigured this heavenly feasting, and throws a certain light upon it.

All gross and carnal ideas must, of course, be subtracted from the

conception of the heavenly festivity; but it seems to be true to say that our

author, and also St. John and our Lord himself, imply that in the world to

come there will be a feast, at which God will be the Host, and all men,

priests and laity alike, His guests, and receive from him the choicest and

most exquisite gifts — gifts which will make them supremely happy.

 

 A feast of wines on the lees” - ‘Wine which remained on its Ices, and

was not poured off them into another vessel, was considered to be of

especial strength (Jeremiah 48:11). Its defect was a want of clearness.

The wine of the heavenly banquet is to be at once strong and perfectly clear

or “well refined.”

 

And don’t forget that in that city there is the “tree of life, which bare

twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month:  and the

leaves are for the healing of the nations” – Revelation 22:2

 

To get a RESERVATION for that Great Banquet, the Marriage Supper

of the Lamb – in this world you and I need to “taste and see that the

Lord is good:  blessed is the man that trusteth in Him” so that we

be a part of “an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that

fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you  - I Peter 1:4 – the

verse prior to this one says “Blessed be the God and Father of our

Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath

begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus

Christ from the dead” – He is the SECRET!

 

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v. 7  -He will destroy... the face of the covering” - According to

some, the “covering cast ever all people” is death, and the second clause of

the verse is a mere repetition of the first. But, though the heads of criminals

were covered when they were led to execution (Esther 7:8), yet death

itself is never elsewhere called a “covering.” May not the prophet have in

view that “veil” or “covering” of misconception and prejudice, whereof St.

Paul speaks as lying “on the hearts of the Jewish nation,” and preventing

them from discerning the true sense of Scripture (2 Corinthians 3:15)?

Certainly one of the great curses of humanity while here is its inability to

see things as they really are — its colored, distorted, prejudiced, views of

life and death, of this world and the next, of self-interest, duty, happiness.

This “veil” is certainly to be done away; for “now we see through a glass

darkly, but then face to face; now we know in part, but then shall we know

even as we are known” (1 Corinthians 13:12).

 

v. 8 – “He will swallow up death in victory” - rather, He will abolish

death forever. Hosea, a contemporary, was inspired to write! “I will ransom

Israel from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O

death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction” (13:14); but

otherwise this was the first announcement that death was to disappear and

to cease to be a possibility. It was an enormous advance on the dim and

vague conceptions of a future life hitherto current  - “For I know that my

Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the

earth:  And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in

my flesh shall I see God:  Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes

shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within

me” - (Job 19:25-27;) – “As for me, I will behold thy face in

righteousness:  I shall be satisfied when I awake, with thy likeness

Psalm 17:15) to have such an announcement made as this. Hitherto

men had been “through fear of death all their life subject to bondage”

(Hebrews 2:15). Now they were taught that, in the resurrection-life,

there would be no tears, no possibility of death. The joyous outburst of the

apostle, when he quotes the present passage (1 Corinthians 15:54), is the

natural thanksgiving song of reassured humanity, on recognizing its final

deliverance from the unspeakable terror of death and annihilation. “The

Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces” -  A recent commentator

asks, “What place is left for tears?” But surely death is not the only cause

of human mourning. Our own sins, the sins and sufferings of our dear ones,

are the main provocatives of our tears. When it is promised, as here and in

Revelation 7:17 and 21:4, that “there shall be no more pain, neither

sorrow nor crying,” the revelation is made that there shall be no more sin;

for where sin is, sorrow must be. “The rebuke of His people shall He take

away” - It will be among the lesser satisfactions of the final condition of the

saved that they are no longer subject to reproach. In this life they have to

endure continually reproach, rebuke, contumely (Psalm 74:10; 89:50,

51, etc.). In the resurrection-life they will be exempt from any such

annoyance. The Lord hath spoken it -  God’s word has gone forth. There

can be no retractation. The blessings promised are certain to be obtained.

 

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vs. 9-12 - After thanksgiving for deliverance in the past, and

commemoration of blessings in the present, confidence is expressed in the

future.

 

  • The redeemed declare their joy that they have “waited for God,”

      trusted in him, and looked to him for salvation. They feel that they “have

      their reward.”

 

  • The prophet declares his conviction that the enemies of God’s elect are

      henceforth powerless. They are personified under the name of “Moab,” and

      regarded as still animated by sentiments of hostility; but their absolute

      impotency for working evil is insisted on (vers, 11, 12).

 

 

 

 

 

There are many meaningful scripture verses for the Christian

contained in the Bible – this is one of my favorites plus Psalm 110:3

and Psalm 141:7-8 – to me these are life and death situations – CY –

2009.

 

  • v. 9“And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have

      waited for Him, and He will save us:  this is the Lord; we have

      waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation”

 

  • Psalm 110:3 – “thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power”

 

  • Psalm 141:7 – “Our bones are scattered at the grave’s mouth, as

      when one cutteth and cleaveth wood upon the earth.  But

      mine eyes are unto thee O God, the Lord:  in thee is my

      trust; leave not my soul destitute”

 

 

v. 10 – “In this mountain shall the hand of the Lord rest-  The

            protecting hand of God will ever be stretched out over the

            spiritual Zion —the Church of the Redeemed — to defend it

            and keep it safe throughout eternity.