Friday, December 21, 2012

Let us go up to the mountain of the Lord!



Estes Park, CO, 2011

Isaiah 2:1-52The 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 ploughshares,
   and their spears into pruning-hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
   neither shall they learn war any more. 
5 O house of Jacob,
   come, let us walk
   in the light of the Lord!
What a beautiful place, the mountains!  Beautiful in the peak of summer fruitfulness as well as the white of winter snow blankets.  I always think of the opening scene of the Sound of Music....green hillsides, God's beauty everywhere!  What a perfect environment to praise and learn God's ways! If our world leaders could all meet, together, on a mountaintop, and learn together God's ways, take them into their hearts, then perhaps "nation shall not life up sword against nation" and we would all be truly walking in the light of the Lord!