Swords into Plowshares?

Micah 4:1-4 (ESV)

It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and it shall be lifted up above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it, and many nations shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between many peoples, and shall decide for strong nations far away; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore; but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid, for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken.

This prophecy in Micah is almost exactly like Isaiah 2:1-4. Oh, how our hearts yearn for peace. Although we are not Jews, as Christians we have ties to Israel and Judah. After all, our Savior was a Jew. This passage may speak of the time of the Millennial reign of Jesus when He establishes peace and reigns here on Earth just before the end of time. That is the only way that I can see this passage playing out. For peace to be established enough that swords will be beaten into plowshares will take divine intervention.

I eagerly await the return of the Lord, and I am certain that you do as well. I am not certain that it will happen in my lifetime, but the apostles initially thought He would come back while they were still alive, and that was 2000 years ago. So who knows? I would like to think that I am ready for Him to come back, but is my heart truly ready for that? Have I cleaned out the cobwebs of indifference and injustice? Have I removed the clutter of worldliness?

This time of Advent can be a time for each of us to do a self checkup on those things. We should seek to do the things that please God and not do what displeases Him. It is important to remember that our works do not earn us anything from God. But our faith in action pleases Him, and shows Him our gratitude. It is our faith that makes the difference. His sacrifice and our faith work together to bring us into His presence. As we decorate our houses, and prepare to celebrate the Lord’s birth into humanity, seek to welcome Him into your heart, freshly swept clean of all the clutter and cobwebs.

by Virgil Stripes

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