Prayer: Let your Word guide us and keep our minds on Jesus, O God. In His name. Amen.
Feeding hungry people
4 He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares
Our devotion writer remembers that his home church in rural Minnesota, had adopted a plan for giving money and tools for donation to Tanzania, Africa. When he was young he wondered what Tanzanian farmers had to do with their church in Minnesota. He later learned that they were helping to feed the poor in Tanzania by giving the tools that would help them grow crops to feed their own people. It was a way of feeding the poor. God called them to this purpose.
The same is true of many congregations all over our country. We support missions, missionaries, food and quilts, and tools to make lives better in all parts of the world. We support programs to help when disaster strikes.
Our devotion writer writes; “I believe our tiny congregation’s connection to our Tanzanian siblings occurred because God had come into our lives through Jesus Christ. Whenever Jesus Christ comes into our midst, God’s judgment and grace open our hearts in surprising and revolutionary ways.”
I am still wondering just exactly what our devotion writer says has to do with today’s text. I think it was a stretch to connect Feeding hungry people with beating our swords into plowshares. Todays text is about world peace and focus on living peacefully and to focus on our economies. When we do we have the means to share our bounty.
Prayer: “Come into our lives today, O God, so our swords can be turned into ploughshares. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The Future House of God
2 The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2 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. 3 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. 4 He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; 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 any more.
Judgment Pronounced on Arrogance
5 O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!