Dave Burnette's Commentary

Isaiah Chapter 25

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Isaiah
Date Penned: (700-681 BC)
Overview: To Tell of God's Salvation through the Messiah (c 1-66)
Theme: Words of Judgment (c 1-39)
Message: Praise the Lord (v 1-12)

Isaiah 25 Commentary 

(25:1) God Fulfills His Plan For You - Isaiah honored and praised God because he realized that God completes his plans as promised. God also fulfills his promises to you. Recall all the prayers he has answered, write them down, and praise him for his goodness and faithfulness. 

(25:4) Oppressing the Poor - The poor suffered because ruthless people oppressed them. But God is concerned for those who are poor and is a refuge for them. When we are disadvantaged or oppressed, we can turn to God for comfort and help. Jesus states that the kingdom of God belongs to the poor (Luke 6:20). Christians must act to help people society has ignored. We must not remain passive or simply say, "Someday God will fix it." We must do whatever is in our power to aid those in need. 

(25:6) All People - Isaiah gives a marvelous prophecy of "all people" --Gentiles and Jews together--at God's messianic feast, celebrating the overthrow of evil and the joy of eternity with God. It shows that God has always intended his saving message to go out to the whole world, not just to the Jews. During the feast, God will end death forever (25:7-8). The people who participate in this great feast will be those who have lived by faith. That is why they say, "This is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us" (25:9). See Isaiah 55 for another presentation of this great feast. 

(25:8) God's Will - When the Lord speaks, he does what he says. It is comforting to know that God's plans and activities are closely tied to his word. When we pray according to God's will (as expressed in the Bible) and claim his promises (as recorded in the Bible), he hears us and answers our requests. 

(25:8) Victory - Part of this verse is quoted in 1 Corinthians 15:54 to describe Christ's victory over death. God's ultimate victory is seen when death, our ultimate enemy, is defeated (see also Hosea 13:14). Another part of this verse is quoted in Revelation 21:4, which describes the glorious scene of God's presence with his people. 

(25:10) Moab - Moab was a symbol of all who oppose God and are rebellious to the end. Moab was Israel's enemy for years (see the note on 15:1).

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Our Lord is a Refuge

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Isaiah with Chapter 25. In our text today, we see Praise in the midst of oppression, and God is a refuge for the poor and needy. In making an application, we see that God loves us and cares for those in need. His love never fails, and His example and heartbeat should be our heartbeat to love those less fortunate than us. How about you? Do you reach out to the poor? Let us learn from our text today to reach out, mentor, and train those oppressed who may be less fortunate than us.


Isaiah 25

Isaiah 25

 1O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.

 2For thou hast made of a city an heap; of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built.

 3Therefore shall the strong people glorify thee, the city of the terrible nations shall fear thee.

 4For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.

 5Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low.

 6And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.

 7And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.

 8He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.

 9And it shall be said in that day, Lo, 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.

 10For in this mountain shall the hand of the LORD rest, and Moab shall be trodden down under him, even as straw is trodden down for the dunghill.

 11And he shall spread forth his hands in the midst of them, as he that swimmeth spreadeth forth his hands to swim: and he shall bring down their pride together with the spoils of their hands.

 12And the fortress of the high fort of thy walls shall he bring down, lay low, and bring to the ground, even to the dust.