The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox; but the serpent—its food shall be dust! They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, says the Lord.
Hiking up the holy mountain
We were sitting in the narthex at church, five of our eighth-grade confirmation students and two small group leaders, Pr. Dan and Helen Maxon. We sank into the comfy cushions by the entrance to the office, exhausted after a long day of school and work.
But we held a bit of new life in our hands. We were each handed a short reading from Holy Scripture, the reading from Isaiah 65 that you read above.
Scripture is a wonderful thing to read aloud, especially with a group of other believers. And that is what we did. We let the words of this ancient prophet wash over us and work their way into our hearts. We asked: What are these words trying to tell us? What is it trying to say about who God is? What is it trying to say about how we are to live? Well ….
Here’s what we said:
- Isaiah talks about everything becoming equal, and when equal they cannot inflict hurt anymore. This means that when everything is equal, no harm can be done to life on earth and peace and prosperity will be inevitable.
- This passage means that if things of the world are at peace, then the evil will vanish.
- Enemies will become friends and find nourishment together. They will no longer hurt each other, and sin and evil will disappear. This will all happen in the kingdom of the Lord.
- We are all human. Don’t go out creating enemies, putting yourself on a pedestal or believing you are superior. There is no room for evil in God’s kingdom. Enemies should put their differences aside and support others instead of knocking them down.
Adomas Osowski, Andrea Schmit, Brandon Loos, Josh Lovick, Michael Mosely