Key verse: 'And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem' ( Isaiah 2:3 ).
A Roman poet once said: 'Sweet peace has transformed me. I was once the property of the soldier and am now the property of the husbandman.'
Wherever the latter times are mentioned in Scripture, the days of the Messiah are always meant; especially the days yet to come, to which all prophecy hastens, when 'the house of the God of Jacob' namely, Jerusalem, shall be the centre to which the converted nations shall flock together. The prophecy in the second, third, and fourth chapters makes one continued discourse. The first five verses foretell the kingdom of the Messiah, the conversion of the Gentiles, and their admission into it.
Of the second chapter, is foretold the punishment of the unbelieving Jews for their idolatrous practices, their confidence in their own strength, and distrust of God's protection; and moreover the destruction of idolatry, in consequence of the establishment of Messiah's kingdom at Jerusalem, and, like an object set on the highest hill, made so conspicuous that all nations are attracted to it.
Christ promotes peace, as well as holiness. At the establishment of His kingdom at the Millennium, great peace shall flourish through the reign of The Prince of peace on the earth. So then, like the Roman poet, great peace shall overshadow the earth as she becomes 'the property of the husbandman'.
Whatever others do, let us, as believers therefore, walk in the light of this peace and daily act, talk and live our life as 'agents' of His peace. Let us remember that when true religion flourishes in the atmosphere of peace, men delight in going up to the house of the Lord, and in urging others to accompany them.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: O Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.