Isaiah 25: Death is Swallowed Up Forever

(12 verses, 1:51 to read)
What I am about to READ
  • Isaiah transitions from judgment to the promise of life and joy everlasting
  • 1-5:  The very first words mark a transition – this is a prayer, “O Lord, you are my God.”  In this prayer, Isaiah proclaims the Lord has done wonderful things – he has brought judgment on the proud, powerful, and unrepentant and been a stronghold to the poor and those in distress.
  • 6-12: A prophecy primarily of the Last Day where death and the veil is swallowed up forever.
  • This is a wonderful transition from several previous chapters (going all the way back to chapter 12).  While there has been some comfort given in the prophecies of Isaiah, the bulk of the prophecies have been of judgment.  As the Christian considers the judgment of God, they are moved.  God be praised for that.  It is meant to bring you to repentance – a work of the Holy Spirit.  Consider also that many hearts are not moved when they consider the judgment of God.
  • Vs. 6-12 emphasize the universality of the Gospel, “all nations,” “all peoples,” “all faces,” and “all the earth.”
  • All good things have to come to an end, right?  Not according to this text (6-8).  Death, which would be the ultimate end of any sort of joy if not Christ’s death and resurrection, will be swallowed up.  The picture here is of an eternal joy that has no end.  I think that is quite hard for us to imagine in this life.  Yet, we receive joy, life everlasting, and a feast of rich food when we go to Church now.  The gifts we receive there will not be taken from us.  They are the gifts that sustain us as we wait for the consummation – perhaps especially as we wait for a happy reunion for our loved ones who have died in Christ.  We wait for a feast and reunion that has no end.
  • The covering and veil that will be removed is the enlightening work of the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit reveals the depth of our sin, but especially reveals the love and mercy of God.  We were enemies, but are now His children.  We were dead, but now have been made alive.  We deserved God’s wrath, but Jesus received it for us and now we receive God’s declaration of pleasure.  Death is an enemy, but it also now they way were are gathered to our Father for eternal joy.  Thus, as you consider the promises and character of God, you are encouraged to wait for Him, “This is the Lord; we have waited for him.”  Pray that the Lord continue to open your eyes to His commands and promises.
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Christopher Stout, Pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, NC & Abundant Life Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC

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