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Our Old Testament reading for this week, from Isaiah 11:1-10, describes a coming day of restoration. It will be a time of peace. Not only will God bring judgment on sin and evil, but He will also change what we expect to be the natural order of things. Notice in verses 6-8 that the predator and prey live in harmony with each other. There is no more harm in the last day. Then again, maybe there is some harm.
What is the judgment of the one described as “a shoot”? This is the one who bears the Spirit of the Lord. He is the one who is given judgment, but righteous judgment. Does this mean that anything goes? Not at all. Verse four describes destruction very clearly.
The coming of the Lord in judgment is not safe. Yyet we can have confidence that the knowledge of God will fill the earth. Those who continue in their rebellion will be crushed. Those who are trusting in God will find themselves in a place of peace and joy.
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