Melting Down the Guns (Isaiah 2)

Date: 12/1/2019
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Topic: Guns
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NYT 7/24/2018 - "More than a thousand guns were turned in last month in St. Paul at a steel mill run by Gerdau Long Steel North America, a subsidiary of a Brazilian company that processes scrap metal. The mill has produced steel used in wind turbine foundations, Harley-Davidson motorcycles and Caterpillar equipment."

Isaiah 9:6 For a child will be born to us…His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 2:1–5 The word which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 2:2 Now it will come about that In the last days the mountain of the house of the LORD Will be established as the chief of the mountains, And will be raised above the hills; And all the nations will stream to it. 2:3 And many peoples will 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 concerning His ways And that we may walk in His paths.” For the law will go forth from Zion And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 2:4 And He will judge between the nations, And will render decisions for many peoples; And they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they learn war. 2:5 Come, house of Jacob, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.

We must understand The Last Days. Isaiah’s vision of the Messianic time “will come about that In the last days the mountain of the house of the LORD” will be raised up. This refers to the “last days” of the Old Covenant ( Acts 2:17; Heb 1:2). The NT was written during the transition of the two covenant ages, after the reign of Messiah had begun (1Cor. 15:22-25; for he must reign). The Apostles made clear that the “heavenly city of Jerusalem” (Zion) had been raised up through the ascension of Christ (Heb. 12:22, Gal. 4:26 jerusalem above).

We must Rejoice in The Last Mountain. The “last” or the “chief” mountain is Jerusalem above (Heb. 12:22: processed to mt zion myriads of angels; living God; blood of Jesus) where Christ sits at God’s right hand and is manifest in Resurrection Day worship. The result of Zion’s exaltation is that “all the nations stream to it”  to go the “house of the God of Jacob” (2:2-3) to worship. Converted peoples from all nations come to learn to “walk in His paths.” He will send His word forth from this place, which is the Church of Jesus Christ, manifest in diverse congregations through all the world.

We must Hope in The Last Battle. The (postmillennial) result of the word going forth from Zion (the new covenant Church which is the meeting of heaven and earth) is that justice is rendered (2:4), peace is cultivated and the nations walk in the light of Christ (2:4-5). The well-known poetry of this passage is beautiful: “they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.” That is implements of war will become productive tools rather than destructive weapons. This is our hope for the gospel victory through the spiritual warfare of Isaiah’s Messiah, ruling in our midst.

Gregg Strawbridge Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as receive a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more