Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Have you ever been on a walk outside and been stung by a bee. I have, and it wasn’t the most pleasant experience ever. Animals such as bees use mechanisms like their stinger or teeth to protect themselves from threats, but what if they didn’t have to?
In Isaiah 11, it alludes to the humble coming of Christ. Jesus comes to us from nothing. He comes from the dead stump of Jesse, and springs forth full of life and hope, bearing fruit. Jesus is full of wisdom and understanding for us, counsel and strength, and a spirit of knowledge and of fear.
When Jesus commands all the animals will dwell together as it says in Isaiah 11:6-9.
“The wolf will dwell with the lamb and the leopard will lie down with the goat. The calf, the young lion and the fattened calf will be together, and a child will lead them. The cow and bear will graze, their young ones will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like cattle. An infant will play beside the cobra’s pit, and a toddler will put his hand into a snake’s den. They will not destroy each other on my entire holy mountain, for the land will be as full of the knowledge of the Lord as the sea is filled with water.”
There will be no fighting among animals anymore. No more disagreements among us people either. Wouldn’t it be incredible for it to be like that today?
What if we all put our different opinions aside and loved each other with no questioning. The world would be an entirely different place.
That is the challenge for today. Think of a person who you may have had a disagreement with, and just reach out to that person. Let them know you care. Let go of the disagreements. Show each other compassion.
- What will the earth look like when it is “filled with the knowledge of the Lord”? How is it different from today?
- Reading through Isaiah 11, describe the reign of Jesus the Messiah. What are you most looking forward to and why?
- How can we live today to prepare ourselves – and others (even the ones we have disagreements with) for the reign of Jesus?