Isaiah 11:6-10 - The Peaceable Kingdom
One of the most beautiful visions of compassionate living in the Bible is Isaiah's peaceable kingdom. It is in the middle of the Bible, and ties the beginning to the end, for there was not suffering or death in God's creation, and there is no suffering and death in heaven, and there is none in Isaiah's vision.
In this Bible passage, Isaiah tells us how to restore God's creation and heavenly intent. Our hope and prayer is that we will at least try to make it happen.
Let’s think about what Isaiah tells us about this in 11:6-10.
6. And the wolf will dwell with the lamb,
And the leopard will lie down with the young goat,
And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
And a little boy will lead them.
7. Also the cow and the bear will graze,
Their young will lie down together,
And the lion will eat straw like the ox.
8. The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra,
And the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den.
9. They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain,
For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD
As the waters cover the sea.
10. Then in that day
The nations will resort to the root of Jesse,
Who will stand as a signal for the peoples;
And His resting place will be glorious.
No animal or human is hurting or destroying any other living being. All are living together in peace.
Isaiah gives us one reason why flesh foods (which come from suffering
and death) should not be eaten in verse 9,
where he explains that the hurting and destroying of any life is caused by
the lack of knowledge of the Lord.
It doesn’t matter what a person says about their faith or belief; if they kill and/or eat any animals, they are not filled with the knowledge of the Lord. Something very important is missing: the unconditional and complete love of God and the whole of His creation, which causes us to do no harm to any other living being or the world in which we all live.
And in verse 10, he says that the peoples of all the nations on earth (not just Jews or Christians) will resort to the root of Jesse.
If we then follow the genealogy of Jesus in Luke chapter 3 through the line of David, we see that Jesse is the father of David, and as we continue down the list to verse 38, we see that Adam is the son of God, which make God the root of Jesse.
Isaiah recognized that we must leave the ways of this corrupted world (through repentance and action) and return to the perfection of God, who created us.
It is only that that we can be on the journey to compassionate living.
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