The LORD God will swallow up the (shroud) that is cast over all people, the (shroud) that is spread over all nations. The LORD God will swallow up (the shroud of) death for ever. Was that true. Has it been fulfilled? Has the shroud of death which hangs over nations, over national health been removed? Is the inevitable no longer inevitable?
Fast forward from Isaiah in Jerusalem to AD 30 and the appearance of Jesus on the scene. See bold above. This extract from Matthew’s eye-witness biography of Jesus mentions another promise of the LORD God though Isaiah to the Jewish people: “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.” (Chapter 53: 4) Matthew was reporting that Jesus was dealing with all their NHS requirements….
Indeed, the quote above starts with the word, “And…” Immediately before healing Peter’s mother-in-law, etc., Matthew reported that Jesus had completely cured an outcast leper and healed, from a distance, the paralyzed, suffering servant of a Roman army officer. Leprous? Paralyzed? Suffering? Dangerously feverish? Demon-oppressed? No NHS there. The shroud was hovering over all. But shrouds were not immediately necessary.
When Isaiah wrote about the shroud covering all peoples and the promise of the LORD God to remove it forever, the promise was not only to Jews but to all nations. And he promised it “on this mountain”. He lived in Jerusalem.
In Jerusalem, outside the city and on the Mount of Olives in AD 30, this man who had healed others was himself crucified - put to death as a criminal. Writing around BC 600 Isaiah wrote more of what the LORD God had to say about the one who would come to earth to be despised, opposed and killed – in order to remove the shroud from the nations: -