This day comes with a specific set of readings, with themes of the Lord's power over death and the promise of resurrection from the dead. These themes are meant to be sources of hope and comfort as we grieve the deaths of beloved Church members as well as family members and friends.
I also read and hear other things within these readings; these are shared in the italicized text below. What do you read and hear? What questions do you want answered? What clicks for you in a new way that you had not realized before today? Let's have these conversations and others in the comments below!
Isaiah 25:6 - 9
6 On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines,
of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.
7 And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples,
the sheet that is spread over all nations;
8 he will swallow up death forever.
Then the Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces,
and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth,
for the LORD has spoken.
9 It will be said on that day,
Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us.
This is the LORD for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
- A banquet is a traditional form of celebration in the Ancient Near East.
- The invitation for “all peoples” to be at the banquet is in sharp contrast to the series of woe oracles against many nations in Isaiah 13 – 23. Does “all peoples” mean all nations? That is unclear from the literal reading of the passage because of the description of “his people” in verse 8 unless “his people” and “all peoples” are two descriptions of the same group!
- A common belief at this time is that death separates us from God. Therefore, the statement that the Lord “will swallow up death forever” is a promise that the Lord will prevent that separation.