It’s almost Thanksgiving weekend and I’ve got food on my mind. For Cassie and I, every holiday inevitably leads to a whole bunch of eating (for example, we have five Thanksgiving dinners from Friday to Monday) which is amazing.
I love food. I love cooking. What I love even more is having the opportunity to have friends and family come around a table to enjoy food together. I’m not talking about eating a burger while you drive from appointment to appointment, but about sitting down for two to three hours to eat and talk together.
That’s the sort of image I have in my head as I read Isaiah 25:6-9:
“On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined. And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. It will be said on that day, ‘Behold, this is our God; we have waited from him, that he might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”
This passage is a beautiful vision of our God bringing us around a table to eat together, to share, to enjoy one another’s company. It’s a vision of hope, of happiness, and of joy. We’re called to envision a feast where, while we eat the most incredible food and drink, our God ‘swallows up death forever’.
We see in these verses a combination of comfort and an assurance of God’s sovereignty. “For the Lord has spoken.” We can rest assured that the One who spoke the universe into being will stay true to his word that, “the reproach of his people he will take away.”
I love this portion of Scripture. These four verses give a beautiful image of the Gospel and the hope we have in it. That’s why, as we enter this Thanksgiving weekend, I’ll be memorizing this passage.
As you know, we’ve encouraged one another to select a portion of Scripture to memorize; a piece of the Bible that really speaks to us where we’re at and to dwell on those words. What are you memorizing? Why did you choose to memorize it? We’d love to hear back from you!