May 28, 2021

May 28, 2021

May 28, 2021

Becky G. Hall
Isaiah 2:1-5
Laity
Christ UMC
Scenic South

Isaiah 2:1-5

2 This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:

In the last days
the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established
    as the highest of the mountains;
it will be exalted above the hills,
    and all nations will stream to it.
Many peoples will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
    to the temple of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
    so that we may walk in his paths.”
The law will go out from Zion,
    the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He will judge between the nations
    and will settle disputes for many peoples.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
    and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
    nor will they train for war anymore.
Come, descendants of Jacob,
    let us walk in the light of the Lord.


Devotion

One of the big themes of this passage is community.  I love how the second verse says that the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established and all nations will stream to it.  “All nations” is used so many times in the Bible.  God is an inclusive God and his plan was to reach out through Israel to all nations, creating diverse and faithful communities. 
I grew up in a small rural farm community which was narrow in its scope of variety.  Most people looked the same and had similar beliefs and backgrounds.  As I went to college and visited other campuses, my life experiences were broadened. When I moved to a different state, technology, transportation, globalization, and multiple training opportunities enriched me and I have come to value a sense of a bigger community.  While I continue to hold on to the good things and the loving people from my childhood, I am also thankful to have friends across the world from a variety of backgrounds, belief systems, and experiences.  As our idea of community broadens and grows, God will bring people to us from all areas of life. They will have different backgrounds and experiences but they will be drawn to us because of who God is in our lives.
God has envisioned a much larger community than his people in Israel ever imagined. In this passage, God says that people from all nations will stream in. All of those people will come rushing to the Lord not because of how great they are, but because of how great God is.  God loves people! He loves you, and he loves everyone who gathers around you. He loves your community and is the reason that it grows to include all types of people. The community that God plans for his people is not a stagnant one but a growing one.  God’s promise of a gospel that reaches “to the ends of the earth” is being realized.  All nations are streaming toward the mountain of the Lord’s temple—not by pilgrimage to a physical temple in Jerusalem, but by coming to Jesus, the one who fulfills the temple’s deepest meaning of God’s presence among us.

Prayer

Dear Lord, you are doing great things in the world. Open our eyes to see.  Catch us up into your marvelous work of calling the nations to Christ.  Grow our community and help us  to reach out and love the people you bring into our lives.  Amen.
 

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