This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:
In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.
Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord. You, Lord, have abandoned your people, the descendants of Jacob. They are full of superstitions from the East; they practice divination like the Philistines and embrace pagan customs. Their land is full of silver and gold; there is no end to their treasures. Their land is full of horses; there is no end to their chariots.
Their land is full of idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their fingers have made. So people will be brought low and everyone humbled— do not forgive them. Go into the rocks, hide in the ground from the fearful presence of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty! The eyes of the arrogant will be humbled and human pride brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.
The Lord Almighty has a day in store for all the proud and lofty, for all that is exalted (and they will be humbled), for all the cedars of Lebanon, tall and lofty, and all the oaks of Bashan, for all the towering mountains and all the high hills, for every lofty tower and every fortified wall, for every trading ship and every stately vessel. The arrogance of man will be brought low and human pride humbled, the Lord alone will be exalted in that day, and the idols will totally disappear.
People will flee to caves in the rocks and to holes in the ground from the fearful presence of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth. In that day people will throw away to the moles and bats their idols of silver and idols of gold, which they made to worship.
They will flee to caverns in the rocks and to the overhanging crags from the fearful presence of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth. Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?
For all those who long for peace, for those who’ve fought hard for it and have yet to see it, the beginning of this Chapter of Isaiah is one of the most promising and longed for times written in the Old Testament, and except for the descriptions of the new Heaven and new Earth written about in Revelation, one of the most comforting parts of the whole Bible.
While the first portion of this chapter do concern Judea and Jerusalem, the gentile nations of the world are recognized as well, as the people will want to come to the Temple of the Lord. This verse, He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths, makes me think of sitting at the feet of Jesus in that day, soaking in all that He would have to teach us. It reminds me of Mary, sister of Martha, resting at His feet and learning from Him while Martha was busy doing physical work. Just think, some day even Martha will be able to rest at His feet 🙂
Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore…
Sigh. That sounds wonderful doesn’t it. While we have plenty of leaders in our world who love to speak platitudes of peace, it never comes about. Too many egos, too many grand designs and evil plans keep the world of men wanting to rule the world. Eventually the world will be deceived into thinking peace has come in their time, because the Antichrist will disguise himself as a man of peace, but that will be short lived before all hell literally breaks out in the end times~ The time that is described elsewhere as the Time of Jacob’s Trouble.
The talk of peace is short lived in this chapter though isn’t it. Again as we will see throughout the Book of Isaiah, the blessings promised are on condition of hearts turned toward, honoring, exulting, and trusting in the Lord. When the people become pride filled, they become worldly and do evil in His sight. As darkness cannot coexist with light, sin cannot coexist with righteousness. As in Isaiah’s day, and all throughout history, people have a choice to make- follow the Lord God, or follow the world. The verses here, People will flee to caves in the rocks and to holes in the ground from the fearful presence of the Lord and the splendor of his majesty,when he rises to shake the earth. Reminds me of Revelation 6:16 They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!
Some day, people who follow the world, and after the Antichrist will not be able to stand in the presence of the Lord. But for those who put their trust in Him, the peace that God promises, and that day when nations will not train or need to train for war anymore will come. I look so forward to that!
Today’s song choice is one I’ve never heard, but the words were written by John Newton in 1779 to an Austrian hymn arranged by John Haydn, and referenced of Isaiah Chapter 33…
Have a blessed day all!