READ : Isaiah 2:1-5
All the nations shall flow to it. (v. 2)
One of my fears when I write devotionals for Words of Hope is that you will read only the part that I write and not read the scripture passage for the day. (I have this fear because I am guilty of doing that sometimes.) Please read this passage today.
Yesterday we heard Isaiah on a rant. Today we hear the other side of prophecy, the words of hope that follow the accusations like stillness follows a storm. Yes, God is angry and God is just, but God is also full of compassion and forgiveness and he will set things right. The mountain of the Lord will be raised above all, all the nations will be drawn to it, swords will be beaten into plowshares, spears into pruning hooks, and, in the words of the old spiritual, “[we] ain’t gonna study war no more.” If I were preaching, this would be the point where I’d ask for an Amen!
How is all of this going to happen? Isaiah didn’t know for sure, living as he did on that side of Christmas. But we know the whole story. We see Jesus in Isaiah’s prophecy. He was raised—both raised on a cross and raised from the dead—and, as Paul put it in Philippians 2 (vv. 9-11) his name is above every name, so that every knee shall bow and tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Lord, Isaiah’s words are exciting and compelling. May we realize them fully.