Isaiah 25 The LORD’s Mountain Rules Over “The City Of Terrible Nations.”
Isaiah made a personal affirmation-that the covenant making and covenant keeping LORD was his God (Cf. 7:13). On this basis he would exalt him, and praise him, both for his wonderful works and his words, the latter which “are faithfulness and truth” (v. 1). Praise is given for salvation received, and not the other way around (Cf. Is. 49:4-6; Ex. 15:2; Ps. 98:1-3). When God speaks, his will is done (Cf. Nu. 23:19). The city of confusion (24:10), is made a ruin. What was once a fortified palace, will never be rebuilt (v. 2). This is the destiny of Babylon (Cf. 21:9; 23:13; Jer. 51). “The city of the terrible nations,” will fear the LORD, while the strong people will glorify him (v. 3 Cf. 24:15). The remnant of strong ones would find their strength and refuge in the LORD (v. 4). On the other hand, those alien to the covenant, “the terrible ones,” may make a lot of noise, but they would wither before the heat of the LORD’s judgment, and be humbled (v. 5 Cf. 4:6).
In contrast to the city of confusion there is the city of the LORD, resting on Mt. Zion, that the LORD of hosts has made for all peoples, with a feast of many blessings. (v. 6 Cf. Is. 2:2-4; 56:7; Dan. 7:14; Mt. 8:11; 22:4). The city of the terrible nations will be destroyed on this mountain (v. 7). A veil of ignorance would prevail over them (Cf. II Cor. 3:15; Eph. 4:18). The LORD “will swallow up death forever, and the Lord God will wipe tears from all faces” (v. 8 Cf. 30:19; Hos. 13:14; I Cor. 15:54; Rev. 7:17; 20:14; 21:4). There is a hope of eternal life for the true members of the covenant. If people will wait, God will save-“this is the LORD” (v. 9a). All who wait “will be glad and rejoice in His salvation” (v. 9b Cf. 8:17; 26:8; Gen. 49:18). Part of this ‘rest’ will be the destruction of oppressive political powers like Moab of old (v. 10 Cf. 16:14). They will be judged for their pride and trickery (v. 11 Cf. 24:4; 26:5). Their highest fortress, that is, their highest hopes in themselves, would be brought low (v. 12).