November 29, 2016
Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; the calf and the young lion shall browse together…the baby shall play by the cobra’s den…for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD. (Isaiah 11:1-10)
Isaiah foreshadows what Jesus will refer to later as “the one Body of Christ.” In this ideal world, where love is the focus, there are no divisions. In this ideal world, we are of one mind and live our lives according to the two greatest commandments – to love God with all our hearts, and to love others as ourselves.
What conflicts could exist in such a world?
We cannot just hope this ideal world comes about on its own. We must be deliberate in our actions. We are blessed with free will. We can choose to create such a world.
Division and conflict take advantage of every opportunity to take root and grow. This will continue to happen as long as our focus is diverted away from God’s message.
Until we gain focus on that, I wouldn’t let your baby play by the cobra’s den.