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February 14, 2016

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On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine–the best of meats and the finest of wines. On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth. The Lord has spoken.
— Isaiah 25:6-8 NIV

I read this Bible text at funerals. It's called "The Messianic Banquet" and Apostle Paul quotes Isaiah in 1 Corinthians 15, "death has been swallowed up in victory." Then he quotes a contemporary of Isaiah's, Hosea, "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"


What do you like about this text? What do you not like? Pray about what you like and do not like, asking God to reveal your fears of death, to show you more about what is in the life to come. 


Is overeating a habit for you? Are regular meals an opportunity to overindulge? If so, keep in mind that every meal is not a banquet. Yahweh through the prophets condemns overindulgent living, eating, drinking, and buying. If you don't believe this, read Isaiah 5:8-30.


How often do you think about giving something to others compared to giving yourself something? If you are in a habit of only giving yourself things on a daily basis, consider the habit of giving something to someone that can help them. Is there someone who is obviously struggling nearby you? A neighbor, family member, church member, co-worker. Give them a gift, money, something that will help them without expecting anything in return.