Scripture: from verse 6
On this mountain Adonai–Tzva’ot (Lord of Hosts) will make for all peoples a feast of rich food and superb wines…
Observation: There’s a number of wonderful promises here: that God will swallow up death forever, that He will open our eyes to see clearly, that He will wipe every tear from our eyes. But…I like this one. Maybe I’m just hungry.
My family recently had our Strawberry Shortcake Day – we went out in the morning to pick strawberries, and then in the evening we had strawberry shortcake for dinner, with fresh whipped cream and shortcakes my sister and brother had made the day before. Each year we invite some of our favorite people, and we all have our strawberry shortcake and sit on the porch and eat and talk and eat some more.
This verse is a promise of that kind of meal. Not just food eaten to keep from being hungry, but a meal that combines the sensory pleasure of good food with the harmony and connection of being with people who love each other. The rich cream and the soft breeze and the warm sun and the happy conversation and the long satisfying drinks of tea or wine or homemade lemonade and the knowledge that there is nowhere to go and no one to impress and I might as well just relax.
There’s no magic on earth that can make that happen for everyone, for all time. But God can.
Yeshua said that the peacemakers will be called children of God (Matthew 5:9). It’s not an arbitrary designation – by creating peace, we are doing God’s work. Strawberry Shortcake Day would not work these days if Mom hadn’t taught us to appreciate it and work together to make it happen each year. She started it, and now it’s our job.
And when we live at peace with those around us, we help God make this feast for all nations. We help create the harmony that makes food into a meal. We help Him make Strawberry Shortcake Day for everyone.
Application: Live at peace with those around you.
Prayer: Yeshua, thank you for making peace. Thank you for making harmony between humans possible, and for promising to finish your work someday. Help me to respond to others out of peace. Amen.