War and peace - Day 7
Live together in peace
- Isaiah 2:2-5
In days to come the mountain where the Temple stands will be the highest one of all, towering above all the hills. Many nations will come streaming to it, and their people will say, “Let us go up the hill of the LORD, to the Temple of Israel's God. He will teach us what he wants us to do; we will walk in the paths he has chosen. For the LORD's teaching comes from Jerusalem; from Zion he speaks to his people.” He will settle disputes among great nations. They will hammer their swords into ploughs and their spears into pruning knives. Nations will never again go to war, never prepare for battle again. Now, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light which the LORD gives us!
Yesterday, we read about the hopeful future that Isaiah gives. Today, we see that at the beginning of his book, he already showed us what is important to God. All nations will go up to God’s mountain. There, he will judge. After his trial, he will put an end to all war and violence. Weapons will be melted down into agricultural implements.
Making the earth fertile and enjoying God’s creation is what is important to God. He promises that there will come a time when people will realise that they no longer have to use violence against each other. Everyone will live together in peace.
The text (Isaiah 2:4) about forging swords into ploughs is incorporated in several works of art that you can find at the United Nations building in New York City. This shows that the biblical text still serves as an inspiration to end wars and restore peace.
What can you do today to help make this vision come true?