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An Invite to the Banquet

Isaiah 25:6 (ESV) … “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.”

Scripture is filled with many a vivid picture lesson. For example, the Old Testament often speaks of a feast as it relates to the Jews. Many of the feasts we read about such as Isaiah 25:6 point to a time in the Kingdom Age to come that the Messiah would reign over Israel and all the nations of the world. A time with Israel would have her glory restored, and the Gentiles would come to Zion to worship the Lord our God.

Jesus also used the image of the feast in His teachings. For example, in Matthew 8:11 Jesus said, “I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven…”

Again, Jesus says in Luke 3:28–29 “In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out. And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God.”

When Jesus spoke like this, the people knew Jesus was talking of a one-day kingdom promised. A one-day fulfillment of the covenant that God had made with Abraham.

In the picture of the feast, we see the plenty and the provisions promised of God. Food was a picture of the life that God gives. The banquet was a picture of God’s rich and full grace. The mountain represented the government of God. The Lord of Host is our great host who provides for our every need. The wine is a picture of the pleasures that God give to us.

The big takeaway is this. When Christ reigns in our life, we find blessings in every area of our life. God offers everyone a place at his eternal banquet table. From every tribe and tongue, one day will people sit before the Lord of Host and praise His name.

For even Jesus is looking forward to this great day and banquet! On the night he instituted His supper, he said, “I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom” (Matthew 26:29).

One day Jesus will lift the gloom and doom that now hangs over all human experience. One day Jesus will swallow up death forever. One day Jesus will wipe away every tear from our eyes, and we will be so glad finally to be saved by him. One day we will feast with the Lord our God!

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