Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-9
Key verse: (6) The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.
Reflection: Unbelievable! I bet that’s what Isaiah’s first readers and hearers thought. Wolves and lambs living together. Leopards and baby goats lying down. A little child as a leader of this menagerie. Isaiah was offering a glimpse of God’s kingdom, a kingdom of peace and justice that is beyond our wildest imaginings.
In 1994, John August Swanson painted a visual of the Peaceable Kingdom.
This Advent season, can you imagine God’s kingdom? A kingdom in which crazy, unbelievable things happen? This is a word of hope for the hopeless who have resigned themselves to accepting the way things are. This is a word of hope for the cynic who has concluded that nothing will change. This is a word of hope for the anxious who are afraid of what the future might bring.
For the prayer today, I encourage you to listen to this old-time gospel song that rings out the words of Isaiah’s vision of the Peaceable Kingdom.
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].