through His Word
Isaiah 2:2-4 gives us some good news concerning the future.
A World Set Right
In the latter days, priorities and values will change from what they are now. People will understand the value of knowing God and His word, and they will come to Him to learn. They will come, not just to get information or to hear a new idea or philosophy, but to embrace His word and His ways, to be conformed to them, and to practice them in their own relationships and daily lives.*
Isaiah 2:2 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
That the mountain of the LORD'S house
Shall be established on the top of the mountains,
And shall be exalted above the hills;
And all nations shall flow to it.
3 Many people shall come and say,
"Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
To the house of the God of Jacob;
He will teach us His ways,
And we shall walk in His paths."
For out of Zion shall go forth the law,
And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
4 He shall judge between the nations,
And rebuke many people;
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 anymore. (NKJV)
Picture the scene. The central figure is a glorious house situated on the top of the mountains. The roads leading to it are filled with travelers. There are so many of them that it looks like streams of water flowing to the same destination. But unlike water, these streams are flowing uphill, to the house of God. One day in the future, God and His house will be respected and esteemed above other things.
These travelers share a common purpose and a life-changing goal—to learn God’s ways. They want to learn the patterns of thinking, speaking, and acting that are prescribed by God in His word for life at its best. What are some examples of His ways? Goodness, kindness, and self-restraint. Forgiveness, peace, and faithfulness. Clear thinking and wise decisions. Exercising a sense of family and team, instead of jealousy, envy, and rivalry. Celebrating other people’s value and strengths instead of criticizing their weaknesses. Contributing to strong, sound relationships, instead of sabotaging them. Keeping a default setting of “us,” rather than “me.” Walking in what is good for ourselves and those around us, instead of walking in what isn’t good for anyone. Operating in life as dead to sin’s enticements and its power to enslave, and alive to God and the delights of knowing Him. God’s ways are a prescription for blessing and enriching our lives.
The ultimate goal of these travelers is not the classroom, but a change of life and character. They intend to live out what God teaches them. They won’t neglect it or refuse it. They will listen closely to what He says as He reasons with them about truth and how to apply it in daily life, and they will put into practice what they have learned. As they do, they will become conformed to what God has taught them. God will sow His word into the hearts and minds of these people, they will embrace it, and the result will be reformation of life and character. …
In the latter days, God will do more than teach the people. He will preside over the nations. … He will work in people’s lives to correct what is wrong, and to effect what is right. He will “set up his authority among all nations, not only giving laws to them, but doing what no other can do—convincing their consciences, changing their hearts, and ordering their lives.”12
What will be the effect of all this? Peace. Peace so substantial, so sustained, so far-reaching, that no nation will learn war, ever again. … The weapons that were used for war, will be used for agriculture. The blades that were used for destruction, will be used for cultivation. When God presides over the nations to judge and rebuke them, peace will become permanent, and war will become extinct.
From Isaiah: Setting Things Right, pp.55-57
Copyright © 2013 by Beebe Kauffman
12. John Wesley, John Wesley’s Notes on the Old and New Testaments, quoted in Phil Lindner, Power Bible CD, CD-ROM (Bronson, Mich.: Online Publishing, Inc., 2007), Isaiah 2:4.
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