Our pastor, Andy Davis, is going through Isaiah on Sunday mornings. This past Sunday was particularly interesting, as he preached from Isaiah 11:1-12. As we were reading the passage, I began to raise my eyebrow about midway through. "The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fatten calf together; and a little child shall lead them" (Isaiah 11:6). A child leading a wolf, leopard, or lion was not nearly as startling as the following verse. "The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den" (Isaiah 11:8). I nearly gasped at the mere thought of this!
And although, I cannot fully comprehend what the New Kingdom will be like, I know for sure that His resting place will indeed be glorious. All of creation will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord...and there, my heart will not skip a beat when I think about an infant playing near the hole of a cobra. I am thankful for the shoot that came from the stump of Jesse, the promised Messiah--Jesus Christ. The one who will bring perfect peace during His reign and is powerful enough to make all things new. I feel really foolish when I sometimes try to find a lasting city here, instead of seeking the better one that is to come.