Sunday School Lesson – Sunday September 11, 2016 – The Mountain of God
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Golden Text – “The Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of His people shall He take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it” Isaiah 25:8.
The Lord’s Abundant Provision
Isaiah 25:6 – And in this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on lees, of a fat things full of morrow of wines on the lees well refined.
Although a mountain on occasion is a symbol of authority, this mountain the writer is speaking about is Mt. Zion. The Lord’s abundant provision for His own is portrayed as a sumptuous banquet which will occur in this mountain. Upon Jesus’ return, the Messiah will claim Jerusalem as His own, and from there He will rule the entire earth. This chapter begins with a song of exaltation and praise to God for the triumph of His judgement of the world. The survivors of the Great Tribulation lift their voices in praise to God for His protection. Gentiles and Jews together at God’s Messianic banquet celebrating the over throw of evil and the joy of eternity with God. The people who participated in this great feast will be those who have been living by faith. A feast of wines on the lees refers to the best wine: fat things full of marrow refers to the choicest of food.
The Abolition of Death and Sorrow
Isaiah 25:7 – And He will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.
That which God will destroy is called a “covering” and a “veil”, it refers to all that darkens human life, the veil of spiritual blindness or ignorance that lies upon the fallen human mind which is universal. He’s removing the veil of mourning that comes from suffering and death. The surface of the covering and veil refers to a “shroud” their faces are covered as those men condemned or dead. There is a veil spread over all nations for they set in darkness. The Jews had a veil upon their hearts, but the Lord will destroy the veil, by the light of His gospel shining in the world, and the power of His Spirit opening men’s eyes to receive it. Satan has blinded the eyes of those who don’t believe.
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. – 2nd Corinthians 4:4
The Lord’s presence will remove the veil of unbelief, He only can remove the spirit of the world from out of the heart.
Isaiah 25:8 – He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of His people shall He take away from all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.
Through Jesus’ death and resurrection He conquered both spiritual death which is an alienation from God and physical death which awaits the day of Jesus’ appearing. Death should be conquered, the power of it broken and destroyed. Death is the last enemy. Grief shall be banished, and there shall be endless joy. In the covenant of grace there shall be that provided which is sufficient to counterbalance all the sorrow of this present time. God, Himself will wipe away the tears, the promises are as sure of the eternal character of God. The Lord has spoken it, His words shall not return to Him void.
God is not a man that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent: hath He said, and shall He not do it; or hath He spoken and shall He not make it good. – Numbers 23:19
The Joy of Salvation
Isaiah 25:9 – And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.
The welcome which the church shall give to these blessings, knowing that it was the Lord who saved them. They waited for Him, living according to the written word, and faith, now they’re seeing Him face to face and with thanksgiving for their salvation.
Isaiah 25:10 – For in this mountain shall the hand of the Lord rest.
His hands will be placed on Jerusalem for good, for peace, blessings, protection and care. The mountain of the Lord will exhibit God’s sovereignty in a way it has never yet been seen on earth. It’s a day of expectation for the believer and regrets for the unbeliever and those who profess Christianity, but live as an unbeliever. Our sacrificial living in the submission to the written word of God comes with rewards that will last for eternity when we live with Him in the mountain of God.