The Banquet is Prepared

 

Again he sent out other slaves saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fattened livestock are all butchered and everything is ready; come to the wedding feast.”‘ Matt.22:4

What’s the most important thing in your life? Family? Work? Possessions? Status?…The Kingdom of God?

5“But they paid no attention and went their way, one to his own farm, another to his business ~ Matt.22

When Jesus called us to “Come follow” , It was an invitation to do more than be born-again and “receive fire insurance.” He commends us to seek the Kingdom of God first and His righteousness but, “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

 

 

6The LORD of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain; A banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow, And refined, aged wine. 7And on this mountain He will swallow up the covering which is over all peoples, Even the veil which is stretched over all nations.” (Isaiah 25)

THE FEAST~

35Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” ~ John 6:35

Jesus said over 5 times in this chapter that we simply need to feed on Him, consume his words because HE IS LIFE and in him is life. Jesus word’s by the Holy Spirit IS the lavished banquet prepared for all peoples!

63“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. ~ John 6:63 

But, we have to rely on the Spirit to interpret spiritual things and not depend on human wisdom or understanding! The “food” that God “feeds” us is “every word coming out (present tense) of the mouth of God.'”

THE MOUNTAIN ~

To see what Mountain Isaiah was speaking of, we have to go back to the last verse of the previous chapter because it’s connected to this prophecy   “For the LORD of hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem,
            And His glory will be before His elders.” ~ Isaiah 24:23b

The N.T. only mentions Mt.Zion a few times but when it does, it again declares a shift from the focus on the natural to the spiritual (it’s the Spirit who gives life!)

18For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest19and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. 20For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.” 21Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.”

This is describing Mt. Sinai when Moses received the LAW/Old Covenant. Notice the emphasis on “touching, seeing, speaking and hearing…” The O.C. was sensual, about the 5 natural senses because mankind could not be born of the Spirit of God…

BUT NOW!….

22But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, 23and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

We HAVE COME (past tense) to Mt. Zion, to New Jerusalem from above! None of the things described can be sensed with the 5 natural senses but with faith!

Multiple things are being contrasted here, as in the whole of Hebrews.

The better blood of Jesus. Things seen versus unseen. The inferior Old Covenant. Moses, trembling with fear. But my focus is on the “Heavenly (new) Jerusalem” and Mt. Zion compared to Mt. Sinai.

21Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not listen to the law? 22For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman and one by a free woman. 23But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, while the son of the free woman was born through promise. 24Now this may be interpreted allegorically: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. 25Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. 26But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother.Gal.4

It may seem complicated but, it simply uses allegory to compare 2 Covenants just like Heb.12. The O.C. was Hagar/Mt. Siani/O.T. Jerusalem and the New Covenant is again represented by New Jerusalem; which implies Sarah/Mt.Zion.

26But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. 27For it is written,“Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear;
break forth and cry aloud, you who are not in labor!
For the children of the desolate one will be more
than those of the one who has a husband.” (Gal.4)

Then Paul quoted from Isaiah 54 which is clearly about “Mt.Zion!” The promises given to “New Jerusalem” or Mt. Zion in the O.T. prophecies are given to us because it’s fulfilled in Christ to us for God’s glory!

  10As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, 11seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. 12It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look.” ~ 1 Peter 1

The OT prophets foresaw the grace (favor and inner divine power of God) that was FOR US because the glories followed Jesus’ sufferings! Jesus provided a treasury of glorious inheritance for us in Him to the honor of his name!

17that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. 18I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe!” ~ Eph.1:17-19

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