God prepares a feast for his people. Unlike our earthly gatherings, this is a grand feast which will unite and heal people of all sorts.
Luther, Martin, edited by Jaroslav Pelikan, Hilton C. Oswald, translated by Herbert J.A. Bowman) Luther’s Works, Vol. 16, Lectures on Isaiah Chapters 1-39. St. Louis: Concordia, 1969. Logos Electronic Edition.
“Isaiah Chapter 25” pp. 194-199.
Isaiah 25 begins with praises to God. Luther ties this statement of praise to the material immediately preceding in chapter 24. The godly rejoice over judgment on the ungodly (LW 16, 194). Verse two points to the everlasting destruction of Jerusalem, the lasting city. When this is done, God will be glorified as the ruler of a great people, all the Gentiles (LW 16, 195). In the new people of God, the poor, needy, and distressed will come to God for shelter (v. 4). God alone has overcome all the kingdoms of this world. Tyrants will pass away and God will prepare a noble feast for all people. Luther sees this feast as consisting of the Gospel (LW 16, 196). Verses six and following describe the power of God’s feast. It even takes away shame, sorrow, and death (LW 16, 197). God’s hand itself (v. 11) is stretched out to sort the godly and ungodly. Nothing can oppose God’s call.
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