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“A Word for this Week” - Pastor Bill Mugnolo
Week of October 12-18, 2020: “The Feast We’ve Yet to Know” …
A plump turkey with its fixings for Thanksgiving … a ham dinner for Christmas … a roast lamb for Easter Sunday … these are some of the feasts that we’ve known over the years. The people of Israel, in ancient times, had their own great feasts in the annual Passover meal and at weddings.
But there is a feast that we’ve yet to know that was already foretold of in the days of ancient Israel. Isaiah compared it to a feast of “rich food filled with marrow” and of “aged wine, well refined”. This was a figure of speech used to describe the richness of what life would be like when the Lord returns in glory. On that day, Isaiah wrote, the veil of mourning that covered all peoplesthe veil of sin, suffering, and deathwould, at long last, be lifted. All tears, on that day, would be wiped away from God’s people as they will say, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for Him, that He might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for Him; let us be glad and rejoice in His salvation.”
Isaiah speaks of this feast as taking place upon a mountaintop. He was, most likely, referring to something in connection with Mt. Zion in Jerusalem. It would be there, upon a rock outcropping called Calvary, that the Lord Himself would make that eternal feast possible. This He would do through His slain bodywhich was like that rich food filled with marrowand through His shed bloodwhich was like that aged wine, well refined.
Our Lord Jesus Christ today invites people from all nations, races, and people groups to the heavenly feast. But many will refuse this invite while others mistakenly believe that they can enter the feast clothed in their own self-righteousness (Matthew 22:1-14). We can only enter that feast clothed in the righteousness of Christ as His free gift to us (Isaiah 61:10, Romans 6:23, Galatians 3:26-27). In Him alone do we await that great feast that we’ve yet to know but, as promised, will someday come.
Replace today's negative thoughts with God's eternal truths, guided by the following list passed down to us from an unknown source. This is especially important in dealing with the Coronavirus and all the bad news we are hearing. Keep God's Word close at hand to combat the negative thoughts.
The world says: "Its impossible." God says: "All things are possible." (Luke 18:27)
The world says "I'm too tired." God says: "I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28-30)
The world says: "Nobody really loves me." God says: "I love you." (John 3:16, 34)
The world says: "I can't go on." God says: "My grace is sufficient." (2 Corinthians 12:9; Psalm 91:15)
The world says: "I can't figure things out." God says: "I will direct your steps." (Proverbs 3:5- 6)
The world says: "I can't do it." God says: "You can do all things." (Philippians 4:13)
The world says: "I'm not able." God says: "I am able." (2 Corinthians 9:8)
The world says: "It's not worth it." God says: "It will be worth it." (Roman 8:28)
The world says: "I can't forgive myself." God says: "I forgive you." (1 John 1:9; Romans 8:1)
The world says: "I can't manage." God says: "I will supply all your needs." (Philippians 4:19)
The world says: "I'm afraid." God says: "I have not given you a spirit of fear." (2 Timothy 1:7)
The world says: "I'm always worried and frustrated." God says: "Cast all your cares on Me." (1 Peter 5:7)
The world says: "I'm not smart enough." God says: "I give you wisdom." (1 Corinthians 1:30)
The world says: "I feel all alone." God says: "I will never leave you or forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)