Monday: December 2                                  

Isaiah 2:1-5

The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. 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 instruction, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

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!

 

            from Andrew Wade, First Christian Church, Logan

 

It is an opportune moment when one “sees” a word.  It isn’t printed or posted.  It is a picture, a vision God plants in the mind.  Judah was in the midst of decline when Isaiah “saw” a word.  It was a picture of hope.  This message stated that in the last days the temple mount of Jerusalem, Mount Zion, would become a focal point for not only the nation of Judah, but also many peoples.  They will flow to it, drawn by their desire to learn the ways of God, to submit to the transforming power of His word.  Learning God’s ways puts an end to disputes and it         re-purposes weapons of destruction to become productive instruments.  Conversion affects more than the soul, as it touches and changes all we have and do. During this Advent season many “outsiders” will be seeking to find Christ.  They will be drawn by the message of the Messiah, spoken and lived.  For their sake and for our own, may we hear Isaiah’s invitation to walk in the light of the Lord.

God of peace, help us to surrender to the mystery

and beauty of your promises as they unfold.

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