I. Praise of God for the great things He has done (25:1-5)
A. Yahweh/LORD/Jehovah – God’s faithfulness
B. Elohim/God – Lordship/Almightiness
C. Divine destruction causes glorification and fear
D. Christ’s church offers strength and protection (Matthew 11:28-32)
II. The Marriage Supper of the Lamb; prophecy of the end of death (25:6-8)
A. Symbolism of the “feast” (Luke 14:15-24; Matthew 22:1-14; 25:1-13)
B. Removing the veil (Ephesians 4:18; 2 Corinthians 3:14-16)
C. Assurance that death would cease
D. Wipe away tears (Revelation 7:17; 21:4)
III. The ultimate triumph of God over all His enemies (25:9-12)
A. Discouragement overcome by faithful focus
B. Character of Moab (Genesis 19:30-38; Numbers 22:3-6; 25:1-2; Isaiah 16:6; Jeremiah 48:29-30; 48:27, 42; Amos 2:1; Zephaniah 2:8, 10)
C. Motivation in promises and warnings
Often when we think of the songs of the Bible, our minds immediately turn to the Psalms written by David, Asaph, the sons of Korah, and others. There is beautiful imagery in the inspired poetry of the Psalms, no doubt, but we should not limit ourselves to just that collection. Inspired hymns are found throughout the Scriptures. Some estimate that one-third of the Old Testament is written in poetic form. Besides the books of poetry (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon), several of the books of prophecy are written in poetic form. The 25th chapter of Isaiah is one such example.
Take note of the personal pronouns the prophet uses in the first verse. “O Lord, you are my God. I will exalt You, I will praise Your name, for You have done wonderful things; Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth” (Isaiah 25:1). The prophet is declaring his own love and devotion to God. Certainly, the words should have been representative of the entire nation, just as the songs we sing should represent the church as a whole even if the pronouns are singular.
Further, we should ever remember that when we are worshiping God in song, we are addressing Him. Our singing should never be solely an act of entertainment for ourselves, although we most certainly should derive joy from the act. After all, James encourages the “cheerful” to “sing psalms” (James 5:13). Ultimately, though, our singing is an act of worship directed toward the Almighty.
It is when Isaiah meditates on the “wonderful things” God has accomplished and ponders His “counsels of old” that are “faithfulness and truth” that the prophet is motivated to worship in song. There is both the destruction of “the terrible ones” and the diminishment of their own song (Isaiah 25:5) as well as the protection and provision of His people (Isaiah 25:6, 9) that are counted among God’s “wonderful things.”
Consider the “wonderful things” of God that you have witnessed in your own life. Contemplate the answered prayers; mull over the people He has placed in your life; think about His providence that has blessed you. Do you exalt and praise the Lord as your God?
25:1-5 – “Praise of God for the great things He has done”
Yahweh/Jehovah – God’s faithfulness
Elohim/Lord – Lordship/Almightiness
Divine destruction causes glorification and fear
Christ’s church offers strength and protection (Matthew 11:28-32)
25:6-8 – “The Marriage Supper of the Lamb and the prophecy of the end of death”
Symbolism of the “feast” (Luke 14:1ff; Matthew 22:1-14; 25:1-13)
Removing the veil (Ephesians 4:18; 2 Corinthians 3:14-16)
Assurance that death would cease
Wipe away tears (Revelation 7:17; 21:4)
25:9-12 – “The ultimate triumph of God over all His enemies”
Discouragement overcome by faithful focus
Character of Moab (Genesis 19:30-38; Numbers 22:3-6; 25:1-2; Isaiah 16:6; Jeremiah 48:29-30; 48:27,42; Amos 2:1; Zephaniah 2:8,10)
Motivation in promises and warnings
“The faithful Covenant-God has protected and sustained and fed His kingdom upon the earth and it is alive and flourishing today. In contrast, those enemies who have threatened and warred against God’s kingdom have come and gone and dissolved into dust, one after another. So shall it ever be.” (Butler)
1. How important is singing to the people of God? What are some of the Scriptural purposes for singing? Consider James 5:13 as well as Colossians 3:16 in your answer.
2. What are the different meanings of the Hebrew names of God used in verse 1?
3. What is the literal mountain of verses 6 and 10? What does it symbolically represent?
4. What is the “feast of choice pieces”?
5. Is fear (terror) a proper motivation for serving God?
But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. (Acts 8:12)