Daily D – Isaiah 11:6
Isaiah 11:6 The wolf will dwell with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the goat. The calf, the young lion, and the fattened calf will be together, and a child will lead them. (CSB)
Eden was paradise. Rather, Eden was paradise before sin ruptured relationships. Mark Twain, in The Diaries of Adam and Eve, provides interesting thoughts on this matter. In his telling, it was a Wednesday morning when Eve sinned and every beast began destroying the others.
Isaiah is given eyes to see to the coming of Messiah and beyond to a restored creation. The new heaven and the new earth to come will enjoy the harmony that was the rule before sin entered with dramatic danger, death, and decay.
The Apostle Paul addresses this special future in Romans 8:18-25. The section heading in the Christian Standard Bible is “From Groans to Glory.” Verse 19 says, “For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God’s sons to be revealed.” Verse 21 says, “creation itself will also be set free from the bondage to decay into the glorious freedom of God’s children.”
Verse 25 says, “Now if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.”
Some things are worth waiting for.
Isaiah 11 is worth waiting for. Romans 8 is worth waiting for. Jesus stepping into history in the first advent is worth the wait, the anticipation. Jesus returning to set all things right at his second advent is worth our joyful anticipation.
The wolf will dwell with the lamb.
The leopard will lie down with the goat.
The calf, the young lion, and the fattened calf will be together.
A little child will lead them.
Christmas is the story of an ending with a new beginning of heaven on earth.
I will eagerly wait with patience God’s restoration of all things.
Our Father, what a beautiful world you have created! What damage we do to it day by day. The marks of our sinful choices and behavior are everywhere observable. Thank you that one day you will renew all things. One day you will reset the stage. One day, “Night will be no more,” (Revelation 22:5). One day, you wipe away every tear from our eyes. Death will die. Grief, crying, pain, will all go away forever (Revelation 21:4). We wait with eager anticipation for the fulfillment of these truths. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.