14 day plan

Signposts to Christ from Isaiah

Day 4 of 14

Isaiah 11:6

6 Wolves and sheep will live together in peace,

and leopards will lie down with young goats.

Calves and lion cubs will feed together,

and little children will take care of them.

Reflection:  Our lives are so often marked by busyness, stress and conflict. The opposite to this is peace and harmony. That is the vision offered by Isaiah.  In this remarkable passage, Isaiah describes the opposites being in harmony together. Aggressive, predatory animals will coexist peacefully with those that would normally be their prey. It paints a picture of justice and order, where even the most vulnerable in a society can flourish.  This new world order is an ideal that we have not seen yet on this earth. It is, in this sense, an eschatological vision. It is a future that is
depicted in the New Testament with the future reign of Christ. At that time, creation will be in true unity. The challenge for us is to work towards that new world order of peace.  

Questions:  How does Christ offer true peace and unity to our world?

Prayer:  Lord, so often we see conflict and disharmony in our world. Help us to see the world as you intend it to be and to work towards this vision of true peace. 

Isaiah 11:1-16

The Peaceful Kingdom

1 The royal line of David is like a tree that has been cut down; but just as new branches sprout from a stump, so a new king will arise from among David's descendants.

2The spirit of the Lord will give him wisdom

and the knowledge and skill to rule his people.

He will know the Lord's will and honor him,

3and find pleasure in obeying him.

He will not judge by appearance or hearsay;

4 he will judge the poor fairly

and defend the rights of the helpless.

At his command the people will be punished,

and evil persons will die.

5 He will rule his people with justice and integrity.

6 Wolves and sheep will live together in peace,

and leopards will lie down with young goats.

Calves and lion cubs will feed together,

and little children will take care of them.

7Cows and bears will eat together,

and their calves and cubs will lie down in peace.

Lions will eat straw as cattle do.

8Even a baby will not be harmed

if it plays near a poisonous snake.

9 On Zion, God's sacred hill,

there will be nothing harmful or evil.

The land will be as full of knowledge of the Lord

as the seas are full of water.

The Exiled People Will Return

10 A day is coming when the new king from the royal line of David will be a symbol to the nations. They will gather in his royal city and give him honor. 11When that day comes, the Lord will once again use his power and bring back home those of his people who are left in Assyria and Egypt, in the lands of Pathros, Ethiopia, Elam, Babylonia, and Hamath, and in the coastlands and on the islands of the sea. 12The Lord will raise a signal flag to show the nations that he is gathering together again the scattered people of Israel and Judah and bringing them back from the four corners of the earth. 13The kingdom of Israel will not be jealous of Judah any more, and Judah will not be the enemy of Israel. 14Together they will attack the Philistines on the west and plunder the people who live to the east. They will conquer the people of Edom and Moab, and the people of Ammon will obey them. 15 The Lord will dry up the Gulf of Suez, and he will bring a hot wind to dry up the Euphrates, leaving only seven tiny streams, so that anyone can walk across. 16There will be a highway out of Assyria for those of his people Israel who have survived there, just as there was for their ancestors when they left Egypt.