Micah 4:1-4

“It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised up above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it, and many nations shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.  He shall judge between many peoples, and shall decide for strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither  shall they learn war any more; but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree, and none shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken.

 

Isaiah 2:2-4

“It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.  He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”

 

Many years ago, on New Year’s Eve, we were sitting at the table with our children and asked them what they hoped for in the New Year. Our daughter, all of 6 years old,  said, “world peace”.  Ingrid and I looked at each other as if to say “where did that come from?!” Even though that is everyone’s wish, we all know that the heart of man makes world peace unattainable.  The phrase “They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more,”  quoted from Isaiah, is chiselled into the wall outside of the United Nations building in New York city.  This profound verse brings up a vision of peace for mankind that has been elusive not only for the United Nations but since recorded history.  Historians Will and Ariel Durant wrote in their book The Lessons of History (1968) “In the last 3,421 years of recorded history only 268 have seen no war.”  They do not specify if there was true peace, they just say that there was no war. What a sad statement this is.  Currently around the globe, as this message is being written, there are approximately thirty-five wars or conflicts raging.  Man is proving that left to his own devices war is more necessary than peace.

 

This current generation has seen wars and conflicts going on all our lives and have begun to accept, unfortunately, that it and it’s bi-products are a way of life.  We know of whole industries that are founded on the production of war materials and exist solely for it.

 

Countries spend billions of dollars manufacturing weapons to feed these wars.  If we take the words in Micah and Isaiah to heart and believe they are true, then there will be a time when we will have peace on this earth and it will come at the hands of a just ruler, Jesus Christ.  He will bring peace upon this earth such as it has never seen.  There is a time coming when we will lift up our hand to our neighbour and it will be a helping one.  We will be taking those weapons of war and making them into instruments that bring life and renewal to this world.  What a glorious day that will be.

 

May our prayer be that our children will not need to wish for world peace as that day will already be here.  Come, Lord Jesus, come!

 

God bless,

Doug

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