Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America

Tuesday after the Second Sunday after Trinity Sunday

Posted on June 11, 2024 by Pastor Dulas under Devotions
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Scripture: Isaiah 25:6-9 (NKJV)
25:6 And in this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all people a feast of choice pieces, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of well-refined wines on the lees.
7 And He will destroy on this mountain the surface of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations.
8 He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; The rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth; For the Lord has spoken.
9 And it will be said in that day:
“Behold, 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.”
When Jesus performed the first miracle of His public ministry, changing simple water into the best of wine, He signaled His fulfillment of this prophecy of Isaiah. He had come to His people to make them able to be a part of His everlasting feast, to take away the rebuke of His nation, and to bring the people of all nations out from under the veil of darkness to live without the fear and sorrow of death.
The restoration of Judah to its capital city of Jerusalem and to the Temple after the Exile would not be as glorious as what is depicted here in Isaiah 25. This was to teach them (and us; see 1 Cor. 10:11) that restoration was but a small foretaste of the Messianic Era. The coming of the Christ at Bethlehem, completed with His death and resurrection at Jerusalem, along with the following age and the eternal result, would restore not only Judah (along with Benjamin and Levi), but the children of Adam that would receive it. Jesus’ provision for the feasting at Cana set the stage for His miracles of restoring life and health, and His being heard and received by the crassest of sinners, so that they repented unto forgiveness and life. It rightly gave Martha the understanding that through His work Lazarus would rise from the dead on the Last Day (John 11:24), that in Jesus, death would be swallowed up forever.
Collect: O Lord, Who never failest to help and govern those whom Thou dost bring up in Thy steadfast fear and love: Make us to have a perpetual fear and love of Thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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