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Besides a seemingly impossible dream world, what does Isaiah's vision offer us?

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  • Take a look at Isaiah 11:1-10 (The Message)

    1-5 A green Shoot will sprout from Jesse’s stump,
     from his roots a budding Branch.
    The life-giving Spirit of God will hover over him,
     the Spirit that brings wisdom and understanding,
    The Spirit that gives direction and builds strength,
     the Spirit that instills knowledge and Fear-of-God.
     will be all his joy and delight.
    He won’t judge by appearances,
     won’t decide on the basis of hearsay.
    He’ll judge the needy by what is right,
     render decisions on earth’s poor with justice.
    His words will bring everyone to awed attention.
     A mere breath from his lips will topple the wicked.
    Each morning he’ll pull on sturdy work clothes and boots,
     and build righteousness and faithfulness in the land.

    6-9 The wolf will romp with the lamb,
     the leopard sleep with the kid.
    Calf and lion will eat from the same trough,
     and a little child will tend them.
    Cow and bear will graze the same pasture,
     their calves and cubs grow up together,
     and the lion eat straw like the ox.
    The nursing child will crawl over rattlesnake dens,
     the toddler stick his hand down the hole of a serpent.
    Neither animal nor human will hurt or kill
     on my holy mountain.
    The whole earth will be brimming with knowing God-Alive,
     a living knowledge of God ocean-deep, ocean-wide.

    10 On that day, Jesse’s Root will be raised high, posted as a rallying banner for the peoples. The nations will all come to him. His headquarters will be glorious.

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  • Gene C.

    Part Two:

    I love the metaphor of all the animals living together in harmony. It is unrealistic to take it literally, but it speaks of how opposing forces and somewhat natural hateful behavior can be tamed to bring a just and positive outcome for mankind. After all, as animals, we share a primitive brain with other creatures. We must exercise our thinking brains. We must embrace the unfamiliar and feel safe with it. If not, we will never experience an abundant life. Diversity, when seen as a good thing, will supply us with an ability for growth and fulfillment.

    2 · 4 days ago

  • Gene C.

    Just a few thoughts come to mind from the reading:

    All things good come from a loving God. The "old" vision of a vengeful God who will act to support some tribal agenda must be forgotten.

    There is a source of good that is always alive no matter what natural or man-made cataclysm occurs. It is deep rooted and can send out new growth where a connection with God is established. That connection includes recognizing, loving and embracing one another as human beings.

    2 · 4 days ago

  • Kay R.

    Maybe instead of looking at this vision as a total transformation of all things, we could keep on looking for evidence of little transformations happening around us - and even, we would hope - happening through us every day. For me, Isaiah describes what to focus on in order to keep on keeping on. The promise of the Spirit is key to that.

    1 · 5 days ago

  • Michael L.

    I'm not sure verses 6-9 describe a world that would be possible. But earlier in the text, we are given some strong clues as to what would make the world better than it now is. What would this world be like if we did not judge by appearances or decide on the basis of hearsay? How would the "wicked" stand if we responded to them with truth and goodness rather than trying to shout them down or defeat them with the same methods they use?

    1 · 6 days ago

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