December 1, 2010 * Isaiah 2:1-4

Old Testament Reading


Isaiah 2:1-4


Isaiah 2:1-4 contains one of the best known prophesies of peace, “they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” This of course mirrors the prophecy found in Micah 4:1-4. The eschatological implications of this eighth century prophecy are undeniable. This is the reason that this passage is used during Advent in many of our churches. This prophecy consists of five consecutive events: (1) “the mountain of the Lord’s house” will be elevated, (2) “all the nations” will come to it, (3) the people that go to “the mountain of the Lord” will state the purpose of their journey, “that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths,” (4) the purpose for this journey is so that “instruction and the word of the Lord” might be taken out from Jerusalem,” and (5) God will “judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples” resulting in their instruments of war being transformed into farming implements and the establishment of permanent peace.


As Christians we see the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus as part of workings of this prophecy. We look for its completion with Christ Second Advent.


Where is it that you see this prophecy being worked out in your life?

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