Here Isaiah now addresses God instead of the people and worships Him. Looking on beyond this calamitous judgment we have read about in chapter 24, he can praise God for working out His great purposes (1); His ”well-thought-out plans, solid and sure.” The Message.. He can see that through judgment people, who otherwise would not do, will come to honour God (2,3). We may be surprised by certain ‘conversions’. Some will only come to God through His ‘severe mercies’. That is a sad and sobering fact. ”Superpowers will see it and honour you, brutal oppressors bow in worshipful reverence.” The Message. Isaiah can also see God’s goodness to the remnant who have trusted Him through the terrible storm (4, 5 and 9) God provides: ”a warm , dry place in bad weather, provides a cool place when it’s hot.” The Message. God is like the cloud that blots out the hot rays, offering a safe place of comfort and protection.
There are three things mentioned here that we know God did ”On this mountain…” , i.e. in Jerusalem, though the death of His Son:
- He has prepared a lavish banquet of spiritual blessings for ”all” who will trust in Christ (6; see also Ephesians 1:3) ”…a feast for all the people of the world, a feast of the finest foods, a feast with vintage wines, a feast of seven courses, a feast lavish with gourmet desserts.” The Message;
- He has destroyed death ”for ever”. (7,8; see also 1 Corinthians 15: 26, 54 and Revelation 21:4);
- He has defeated all His enemies (10-12). Moab here symbolises all nations that set themselves up against God. Moab’s sin was pride (Isaiah 16:6), and in (25:12) her ”high fortified walls” symbolize that pride, and the pride of all people who will not submit to God. It remains true that ”God opposes the proud” (1 Peter 5:5). In The Message there is a picture painted of Moab drowning in a cesspool: ”like swimmers trying to stay afloat, They’ll sink in the sewage. Their pride will pull them under.” We can all learn from this.
Prayer: Thank you Lord that your eternal purposes will prevail, and no enemy will stop you from doing what you intend. Jesus, we celebrate your victory – and, amazingly, we who trust you share it!