Many peoples will come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple 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. He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war any more. Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord. Isaiah 2:3-5 (NIV)
We live in turbulent times, but as Christians we long for the time when Christ will reign.
The Book of Isaiah contains much prophesy that points forward to the coming of the Messiah. We can look back to the birth and death of Jesus and see the fulfilment of these prophesies. Isaiah also contains prophecy about the ‘end times’ and the verses above quoted from Isaiah 2 speak of a time when wars will cease. We don’t currently see the fulfilment of these prophesies, but there will come a time when they will be fulfilled.
Listening to the news we hear a constant barrage of reports of war and conflict across many nations in the world, and particularly in the Middle East. As a Christian it is very easy to be upset at these reports, particularly as we know that where Christ reigns there will be peace. I’m not talking here about living in a so-called Christian country. We all know that true Christianity changes peoples’ lives; it gets into the heart and changes attitudes.
Isaiah speaks of a time when not only will there be no wars, but nations will no longer need armies trained in warfare. This reveals a fundamental change in attitudes. Even in peace time, we know that nations train their armies just in case a future conflict arises. Isaiah tells us that not only will the weapons of war (swords and spears) be redundant, but that the need for armies will disappear. The reason for this has to be that the focus of trust will not be in human power, but in God.
The concluding phrase from Isaiah 2:5 points clearly to how we should be living our lives. He says:
‘… let us walk in the light of the Lord’
Pray for your politicians and leaders, that God would give them a vision for world peace that is not based on domination of one nation over another, but on the live-changing nature of being in Christ and walking in his light.
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