Musings from a promise-collector


Isaiah 2

2 In the last days
the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established
as chief among the mountains;
it will be raised above the hills,
and all nations will stream to it.

3 Many peoples will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
to the house of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
so that we may walk in his paths.”
The law will go out from Zion,
the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

4 He will judge between the nations
and will settle disputes for many peoples.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war anymore.

5 Come, O house of Jacob,
let us walk in the light of the LORD.

At first glance, the promise found in Isaiah 2:2-5 may appear to be a promise. But I think it is a beautiful promise. It speaks of things to come, when Jesus takes His earthly throne to rule the nations. There will come a day when “we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written: ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.’ ” (Romans 14:10b-11)

This passage also alludes to the day when there will be a new heaven and a new earth (Isaiah 65:17, Revelation 21:1). No one really knows what this will look like, but we know it will happen when Christ returns for His bride. And when this happens, we will have direct access to Him, to commune with Him and learn from Him. We will be able to speak with Him, face to face.

Jesus will also bring peace – real peace. It is kind of hard to imagine it. We are bombarded with news from around the world of violence and war. It seems rare to get news that is uplifting. But when He comes, war will end, and instead people will work side by side.

There is coming a day when His light will shine, and dispel the darkness in the world. Sin will be gone. Satan will be a thing of the past. Jesus will rule from His throne. “What a day, glorious day that will be!”

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