What do we make of these verses from the 3rd prophet known as Isaiah offered some 2400 years ago? (Isaiah 65:17-25) Is it a naïve bit of fluff that will never happen? Or is there something deeper and more profound going on in this idyllic vision of peace with justice?
This past week we got a real dose of how polarized our world is: the election in the UK and the Brexit question is dividing the country. The impeachment of the US President has created a storm of innuendo and hardening positions. The question of whether the fires in Australia are a product of climate change has polarized people there. Canadian politics is as deeply polarized as I’ve ever seen it. And Don Cherry?… Enough said there!
All three prophets who claim the name Isaiah offer us wonderful words of hope, real words of challenge and many of the iconic images of God’s vision for a peaceable Kin-Dom that are in our cultural psyche; these images and visions are a counter-balance to the harsh and polarized world in which we live.
At the beginning of the book of Isaiah—the 1st Isaiah, we hear about turning swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks—weapons of war turned into implements of food production. We hear the whole of the peaceable Kin-Dom prophecy where “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 »»