On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines…And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will swallow up death forever.” vss. 6a, 7Isaiah 25:6-9
Isaiah had a vision for this world that extended far beyond the power politics of warring Middle Eastern nations and the relentless thirst for violence that has bedeviled humanity from the beginning. One day, he says, the Lord will prepare a rich feast for all the peoples of the earth and swallow up death forever. That’s exactly the vision of the future that our world has needed in every tormented age, and especially in these latter days. Every day we hear stories of unspeakable cruelty and many can’t even imagine how it is that people in the 21st century can behave in such barbaric ways. We would like to believe that in this time of advanced knowledge and progressive thinking it would be impossible for such things to take place. It would seem that in the right circumstances anyone can engage in wanton killing, and even find justification for our behaviors. Can it really be that Isaiah is right and that one day there will be a heavenly banquet at which all people will feast and be satisfied? It’s hard to believe, but such is the promise of scripture–and we can only hope that it’s true!
Thought for the Day: What might lead me to become a killer?