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 for him, that he might save us.
This is the Lord; we have waited for him;
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”
Summary- Isaiah was a prophet during the time of King Hezekiah. Incidentally, some later rabbis taught that Hezekiah was the promised Messiah. Hillel II said, “There will be no Messiah for Israel, because they have already enjoyed him in the days of Hezekiah.” There are various ways in which Hezekiah prefigures Christ, but it was definitely Christ Isaiah prophesied of. So when Isaiah says, “On this mountain,” he means Jerusalem, where King Hezekiah was and where Isaiah spent much of his time. The Messiah would come and would do a great work. This work would be for “all peoples,” not just Jews. On this mountain he would get rid of the covering and veil of sin that covers all nations. He would swallow up death, triumphing over it. The response of the people of God to this great deliverance is then one of thanksgiving since they had been faithfully awaiting Him.
Insight – I remember times in college when I would meet with other friends to study for different classes. Sometimes we would meet in study rooms of the library each week, and arrange for the next week by saying, “next week, same time, same place.” But sometimes, one member of the group wouldn’t show up on time and we’d have to wait. Isaiah had a similar message: “On this mountain” in the future, something would happen. He was saying, “Right here, where we are standing, the Messiah will come and cover sin and wipe away tears from eyes.” And He did. But Isaiah prophesied this probably more than 700 years before Christ showed up. They had to wait a long time! But look at their response when they do see Him, according to Isaiah: “This is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. . . . let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” It’s been a whole year since last Easter. Compared to 700 years, that is no time at all. But nevertheless, we have waited for Easter to come around again, and this Easter, be glad once again and rejoice in the salvation that Jesus accomplished.
Child Catechism – Who did Jesus come for? People from all nations.
Discussion – What are ways to rejoice in God’s salvation? Why should you rejoice in it? When should you rejoice in it?
Prayer – Almighty God, you saw fit to sacrifice your own Son to remove the sin that covered us all. Mercifully grant that we who accept this by faith would live as faithful servants. Through Christ, Amen