Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; 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 anymore. (Isaiah 2:2-4)
A New Day
A new year brings a new day. Hope springs from the desire to make the coming year a time of change. There is a yearning to have better things in the coming year with a sense of happiness and security. A new day brings so many new opportunities. The heart is filled with anticipation. Great expectations lay before the threshold. There was a day long ago when this same feeling of expectancy sounded forth from the hills of Judah. A great day was coming and what a great day that was going to be.
Isaiah was a noble prophet. Walking among the political halls of Judah and Jerusalem he sternly warned the nation of impending doom if they did not repent. His plea was for the house of Jacob to see the old paths of walking in the light of the Lord. Like his contemporary prophets Micah, Hosea and Amos his message was the expression of God’s goodness and severity. Early in his message Isaiah declares a new day coming that would describe the full mercy and grace of the Lord.
The Lord’s house would be established in Zion unlike anything the Hebrew people could have ever imagined. Looking far into the future the prophet speaks of a new day when all nations Jews and Gentiles alike would come to worship the great I AM. There would be a spirit of seeking as hearts were drawn to God’s house to worship Him. The will of the people would be longing for the teaching of God’s ways. A willingness to obey the Lord would be found in those who walked according to the path of righteousness. The Law of God would burst forth from Zion and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. People would change. This new day would create a world where the spirits of men would be joined together in peaceful harmony of holiness.
On Pentecost nearly two months after Jesus was crucified a new day began. Twelve men stood before a crowd of devout servants of God and delivered a new message. The time of refreshing had come to the world as the new year of salvation had begun in the city of Jerusalem declaring a risen Savior. This new message changed the lives of three thousands souls. A new day dawned. Isaiah had proclaimed generations before the house of the Lord would be established. As the church of Christ today we stand in the fulfillment of the promised new day. We are living in that age. Our hopes are built upon the promise of that new day begun so long ago. The promise is found in a better sacrifice, a better promise, a better priesthood and the blood of Jesus Christ.
A new day. Thank God for this new day. Isaiah promised through his writings how the hearts of men would change from hatred to love. We are living in that time and our task this new year is to show forth this message begun on the top of the mountains and declared to all the world. Let us spend this new year sharing the law that went forth from Zion and the word of the Lord that shone from Jerusalem. Show men how to turn their hearts from swords to plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Peace can only be found in Jesus Christ.