Monday, March 17, 2008

Incredible, Yet True

"In that day, the Egyptians and the Assyrians will worship together. In that day Israel will be the third, along with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing on Earth. The Lord almighty will bless them, saying, ' blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handy work and Israel my inheritance'"
Isaiah 19:23-25

As I read this, I just could not believe it. These are enemy nations! They did not believe in the God of Israel. Egypt was the nation that enslaved the Israelites for four hundred years! At one time God did not want them to make alliance with the powerful Egypt against Assyria. All three unfriendly nations, "in that day". will be at peace, worshiping the same God. "Every knee shall bow every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord", will come to pass!

The book of Isaiah is full of prophecies of the messiah and the nations. Almost all of them have been fulfilled. The above is a prophesy of the coming kingdom of God that will be established in the future. It is not utopia as some say. Isaiah accurately prophesied in detail about the birth and suffering of the messiah. Many other political prophecies too have come to pass in history. Hence, what he said about the future Kingdom of peace will take place.

God wants everyone to be in that kingdom. Arrogance, pride and an unyielding spirit of rebellion prevent people and nations to acknowledge the Lord of all creation. Whether they believe it or not, He is the loving creator God. So, they are made to humble, not as a punishment, but in love so that the lord could draw nearer to them.

In our own lives too this is true. God makes us fit for His kingdom by a process of breaking and humility.

A great kingdom of peace and prosperity will soon be established. There will be no enmity. Isn't it time for us to shed our differences and start obeying the Prince of peace? If we ask Him He will help us to humble ourselves and forgive others and be at peace among ourselves in our small "worlds".

I decided to pursue after peace with others at any cost!

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