The prophet Isaiah described the human dilemma in terms of a sheet that is spread over all nations, the shroud in which all peoples are wrapped. Another description comes from Psalm 49, where the psalmist saw death as our shepherd, actually “feeding” on us generation after generation. But Isaiah foresees the day when God will prepare a magnificent feast for all the peoples of the world, and the main course will be nothing less than the destruction of death! In fact, he perceives God Himself as the One who will destroy death by “swallowing it up,” devouring it – and then wiping away all the tears and freeing His people from their shame and disgrace. This amazing vision ends with Isaiah’s affirmation that this is the God we’ve been waiting for! This is the salvation we had been longing for!