God’s Comfort – Isaiah 25:1-9

 

In this episode, we take a look at

  • the fallacy of the dichotomy between the “Old Testament God” and “New Testament God”
  • who God’s feast and comfort is for
  • a connection between verse 8 and a passage in Revelation
  • the through-line we see in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures
  • the political context which makes this passage feel relevant today
  • how LGBTQ+ people might see themselves in this passage
  • who the harsh words of scripture are directed at
  • what we don’t see in scripture and what we do see
  • we’re having a live webinar all about sex on Sunday October 29 at 4:00pm eastern. You can register for free at queertheology.com/sextalk

Read the transcript (PDF)

Isaiah 25:1-9

Lord, you are my God.
I will exalt you; I will praise your name,
for you have done wonderful things,
planned long ago, faithful and sure.
You have turned the city into rubble,
the fortified town into a ruin,
the fortress of foreigners into a city no more,
never to be rebuilt.
Therefore, strong people will glorify you;
the towns of tyrant nations will fear you.
You have been a refuge for the poor,
a refuge for the needy in distress,
a hiding place from the storm,
a shade from the heat.
When the breath of tyrants is like a winter storm
or like heat in the desert,
you subdue the roar of foreigners.
Like heat shaded by a cloud,
the tyrants’ song falls silent.
On this mountain,
the Lord of heavenly forces will prepare for all peoples
a rich feast, a feast of choice wines,
of select foods rich in flavor,
of choice wines well refined.
He will swallow up on this mountain the veil that is veiling all peoples,
the shroud enshrouding all nations.
He will swallow up death forever.
The Lord God will wipe tears from every face;
he will remove his people’s disgrace from off the whole earth,
for the Lord has spoken.
They will say on that day,
“Look! This is our God,
for whom we have waited—
and he has saved us!
This is the Lord, for whom we have waited;
let’s be glad and rejoice in his salvation!”

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