They shall not hurt or destroy
in all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
– Isaiah 11:5-9
Isaiah 11 is a picture of the coming kingdom of Christ, where peace and joy have dominated the wickedness, violence, and wrath that filled the earth before the “shoot from the stump of Jesse” (That’s Jesus!) took up his reign. Isaiah’s prophecy looks forward to Jesus’ second coming and the full advent of his kingdom, but I believe that these verses have an important lesson for us to learn in the time-between-times as we herald the coming King and demonstrate the breaking in of his kingdom in the lives of those who have put their faith in him.
Verse 9 reads, “They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” Isaiah, inspired by the Holy Spirit, states that the reason peace will rule over the world is because the knowledge of God will fill the earth like a flood. As we grow in and spread the knowledge of the Lord peace follows.
Christian, is there chaos in your life? Grow in the knowledge of the Lord and peace will fill you as the waters cover the sea. Is your family in a constant state of conflict? Do the work of spreading the knowledge of the Lord and peace will follow. Is crime rampant in your city? Evangelize and bring the knowledge of the Lord to the people of your city and peace will come.
Christ’s kingdom has yet to fully arrive in this world, and until it does there will be struggle, but as the knowledge of the Lord grows so will the peace of Christ. My prayer today is that we would be a people who, drop by drop, fill the earth with the knowledge of the Lord until Christ returns with the final flood.