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The Mountain of the Lord

The Future Middle-East

May 21, 2021 by

Israel – Palestine. Even as the headlines promise a ceasefire all want to believe in, do we dare hope for any fundamental ground shift? How many times must the story repeat? Threats and counter-threats. Action and counter-action. Smoke over the cities as rockets scream into high-rises, amid international pleas for de-escalation. We’ve seen it before – so many times before, that despair seems a more realistic response than another prayer for peace.

IPEmbedPhotographer: Sgt. Shay Wagner, IDF Spokesperson's Unit

Yet have we any right to hopelessness, when a man from a far more desperate time was granted a sure vision of a peaceful future - not for one dominant nation, but for all people? 

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 (Isaiah 2:1-5).

Let’s dare to pray again, and start that long walk toward the mountain. God himself told Isaiah:

They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea (Isaiah 11:9).

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