He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; 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. O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD! Isaiah 2:4-5
We begin our devotional time together early in Advent… that time of heightened anticipated waiting for the fulfillment of the promise of the prophet. One of the criteria of the fulfillment of that prophecy of the coming of the Lord would be that God would arbitrate between the nations. Wow! This could be the headlines of this morning’s newspaper: “World’s people call for the United States, South and North Korea to call on the Lord to arbitrate their differences before war breaks out again.” Yesterday on the national news I noticed some persons peacefully protesting (I think here in the U.S.) what they believed could escalate into another Korean War. This one man fought in Korea and didn’t want any more young men and women to die in a war there. The United Nations garden contains several sculptures and statues that have been donated by different countries. This one is called “Let Us Beat Swords into Plowshares” and was a gift from the then Soviet Union presented in 1959. The bronze statue represents the figure of a man holding a hammer in one hand and, in the other, a sword which he is making into a plowshare, symbolizing humanities’ desire to put an end to war and convert the means of destruction into creative tools for the benefit of all people.
Isn’t that our prayer in the anticipation of what tomorrow might bring? Don’t we gather on God’s mountain and pray that ALL WAR SHALL END? O how we long for the Prince of Peace, the Savior, the Redeemer, the King of Kings to cover this earth with grace and peace.
It matters not your political persuasion. What matters is that we rise above our small mindedness and bullying to embrace the world – God’s world – God’s people – in the arms of peace. Come, Lord Jesus, and bring peace to a world filled with hate Amen.
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