PREPARE TO LISTEN
Light a candle and pray: O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD!
Request for Presence: Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.
READ Isaiah 2:2-5
In days to come
the mountain of the LORD’s house
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and shall be raised above the hills;
all the nations shall stream to it.
Many peoples 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 instruction,
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations,
and shall arbitrate for many peoples;
they shall beat their swords into ploughshares,
and their spears into pruning-hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more.
O house of Jacob,
come, let us walk
in the light of the LORD!
SOME BACKGROUND INFORMATION
In Bible times mountain was considered to be the place where the gods dwelt. The god on the highest mountain was the greatest god. Isaiah, like other biblical writers, borrows that imagery and thus mountain is symbolic of the presence of the God of Israel. The fact that God’s mountain is ‘the highest of the mountains,’ is a claim to God’s Sovereignty over all nations and gods.
Isaiah pictures the day when all nations, regardless of language or creed, will live together in beautiful peace and harmony. In the day of the LORD’s coming, many peoples (plural) will voluntarily seek God in order to be taught God’s ways and walk in God’s paths. They will voluntarily destroy all weapons of war and no longer attack one another. We long for this day, but we, the people of God, are called now to practice living like this in our particular world and nation. We’re to welcome and embrace immigrants, aliens, those unlike us. In this day of anti-immigrant hatred, Isaiah’s message is like a sword cutting into our that behavior marginalizes and excludes others. We should encourage all peoples to cry, ‘Come let us go up….’ Then the echo response from God’s people should be, ‘Come let us walk in the light of the LORD.’
In this day when so many urge us to exclude various people groups because of their race, religion and even gender identity, what would it look like if all God’s people rejected that way and instead chose to walk in the light of the LORD? Prayerfully consider whom you could welcome and embrace today to practice this amazing vision of peace and harmony between all peoples?
RESPOND TO JESUS IN PRAYER.
Sovereign Lord of all nations, help me today to reach out to those who’ve been sidelined by our society, our politics, our churches. Help me today to demonstrate what it means to walk in your light. In the name of Jesus, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever, Amen.
BE SILENT AND STILL (for as long as you want). Simply be in the presence of Jesus, who loves you, regardless.