Sunday, July 13, 2008

Peace on Earth!

July 13: 2 Chronicles 27 & Isaiah 9-12

2 The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shined.
3 You have multiplied the nation;
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
4 For the yoke of his burden,
and the staff for his shoulder,
the rod of his oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.
5 For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
and every garment rolled in blood
will be burned as fuel for the fire.

6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
Isaiah 9:2-7

1 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
2 And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and might,
the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
3 And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
4 but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
5 Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
and faithfulness the belt of his loins.

6 The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together;
and a little child shall lead them.
7 The cow and the bear shall graze;
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8 The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra,
and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den.
9 They shall not hurt or destroy
in all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.

10 In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.
Isaiah 11:1-10

Peace on Earth!

Is it a myth? Will it ever be true? Will there ever really be peace on earth? The answer is, yes! There will be peace on earth, and that peace is the result of two events proclaimed before the beginning of time, which have and will totally change the earth as we know it today.

How can I say such things with such confidence? In our passage today, Isaiah tells of both events: one which has already come to pass, and one which is still in the future.

Look at the verses shown above from Isaiah 9; here are just a few of the verses which explain that first event which has already come to pass.

2 The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shined
.


6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
.


What was that first event? The coming of Christ, as the God-man, born of the virgin Mary, who walked as a great light to the people who were in darkness, was that first event. As they angels announced His birth, they proclaimed Him to be that Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace that Isaiah speaks of in verse 6.

What is the second event which has not yet come to pass? The second event is proclaimed in Isaiah 11, shown above. A time is coming when Christ will usher in a great time of peace as He reigns over this earth. When will that be? We do not know; God has not chosen to tell us.

Notice, that the peace that exists on earth at that time will not just affect man, but it will also affect the animal kingdom. Isaiah 11:9b explains it this way.

For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea
.


Will man ever bring peace on earth through covenants made between the nations? No! Peace on Earth will not come until the earth is full of the knowledge of the Lord; only Christ can bring true peace on earth.

As believers in Christ, God graciously gives us glimpses of what that time of peace will be like as He grants peace to us even in the midst of troublesome times. How can Christians go through times of great difficulty and seem to be unmoved? They cannot! However, to the extent that they rest in complete confidence in their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, they will experience true peace.

“Behold, God is my salvation;
I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for the Lord God is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation.”
Isaiah 12:2

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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