20 Mar The Mountain of the Lord
“It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall 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 his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.”Isaiah 2:2-5
I didn’t always love the mountains. And I didn’t always love the Old Testament, especially the books of the prophets. I always felt it painted God in a way I didn’t particularly like to think of Him.
Last year, I did a book study on Isaiah and it’s amazing how much history and context runs throughout the writings. He foretold, with extreme precision, events that would happen far after he died, including the Babylonian Exile, the return of the exiles to Jerusalem and the coming of Christ. So much of the New Testament and what Jesus referenced is out of the book of Isaiah.
Yes, sometimes it is hard to read. At times it oscillates between hope and judgment. We all love the verses on hope, not so much the other ones. But isn’t that the way it is with mountains too, majestic and beautiful, yet terrifying and dangerous (just ask anyone who scaled Everest). But like the mountains, I’m learning how to be able to stand in awe of something so glorious that I will never fully grasp, someone so gentle and full of grace yet also completely holy and fearsome.
I can not pretend to know the Lord in all His mysteries, but I can worship and love Him in the ways I know how, giving him my best. And I have faith that in His loving kindness, he doesn’t expect more than that from me.