In terms of prophecy, what is the mountain to which Isaiah is referring in this text? The simple answer is probably, no mountain in particular! However, mountain-tops in the Old Testament are places of encounter with God. They are also places where God speaks his mind, will and mission to his servants. If this is the case then perhaps we can assume that Isaiah is referring to a particular encounter humanity will have with God in the future. I would like to suggest that that encounter could be seen to be the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Thus we could say that Isaiah is prophesying a time when God will make it clear to his people that he has forgiven their sins and made it possible for them to return to full relationship with him.

 

Maybe I am stretching the point here a little bit but I do not think that interpreting the mountain to be that of Calvary where Christ is crucified is beyond the spiritual interpretation of this text. Calvary and the events that occurred there are written very clearly upon the minds of all Christians and there is no doubt that it fits the description of being a place of revelation and activity on the part of God. As such it will always remain a premium object of our meditation and thought.

 

The first two thirds of the prophet Isaiah concerns prophecy of a the coming time of great revelation and action by God on behalf of his people. Of course this is immediately fulfilled with the defeat of the Assyrian siege of Jerusalem, but the text also leaves itself open to Christian interpretation along the lines I have suggested. As long as we recognize that we are dealing with what might be called the ‘fuller sense’ of the Scriptural text, and do not make the mistake of ascribing too literal meaning to it, we are free to understand the text in such a way.

 

The reference to feasting can be seen as reference to the heavenly banquet at the end of time, the Lasts Supper and consequently the Holy Eucharist. None of these events is specifically mentioned by Isaiah in the text. However, the imagery he uses in the text can be seen to lend itself to such an interpretation.

 

How deeply do I go when I meditate upon the Scriptures? Is my imagination as active as it could be?

 

Lord Jesus, help me to activate my imagination in meditating upon the Scriptures so that I might draw from them the deeper spiritual messages they contain.