December 3, 2019

For full passage click: Isaiah 11:6-10  … “They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” vs. 9

Both Isaiah and Jeremiah believed that, as the knowledge of the Lord spread upon the earth, hurting and destruction would come to an end. They’re not talking about some doctrine or creed; they don’t have in mind a new religion or the adoption of a resolution by the United Nations. Knowledge for both of them is related to intimacy, a God-connection that can best be compared to making love! That will take place when what happened in Jesus occurs in every created being, when all the fullness of God comes to dwell in every human heart. Can that happen? Of course! It has happened again and again in history–we know the stories–some of us have been blessed to know such persons well. They exude the Christ in every pore and with every breath. In them we sense and experience the overwhelming and unconditional love of God. They have somehow managed to throw off the bondage of religious traditions and rituals and have been grasped by the grace of the Gospel. Is it possible for such persons to become the majority among us? Can their peaceful voices drown out the cacophony of bullying and violent speech that has become so commonplace? Doubters would say no, but followers of Jesus believe in the peaceable kingdom—the smell of its coming is in the air!

Thought for the Day: Where have I smelled the sweet fragrance of the coming kingdom?