Micah 4, 1-2
Something to read
In days to come
the mountain of the Lord’s house
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and shall be raised up above the hills.
Peoples shall stream to it,
and many nations 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 instruction,
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
New Revised Standard Version
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Something to think about
Here Micah is describing a situation which refers to a Messianic end time, with the Lord as the sole ruler of the world. It is a reign of peace and the weapons of war will be superfluous. Therefore they will be converted into agricultural implements. There will be converts who will come to Jerusalem to seek instructions. ‘Instructions’ and ‘word’ are synonymous terms. Here the hill in Jerusalem is the hill on which the temple stood.
There is a promise that this mountain will be the highest of the mountains. This is a glorification of Zion as the religious centre of the world. It refers to the future glorious reign of Yahweh from Zion when there will be universal peace.
Thus we see that the universe under the reign of Yahweh is an era of peace and harmony among the people of the world. These verses challenge us to dedicate ourselves to peace. There is also a strong demand for disarmament in a world where governments are investing unprecedented portions of their budgets to developing weapons; engaging in arms deals and trade as a huge profit making endeavour.
Something to do
Look for ways of campaigning against the arms industry, whether its sending a letter to Philip Hammond or taking part in a larger action.
Something to pray
Pray for God’s intervention in the contemporary history of our world to touch the hearts of those who make decisions to solve conflicts among people and nations through military means. To create a desire for them to engage in peaceful conflict mediation.
Bishop Kumara Illangasinghe is a former Bishop of the Kurunagala Diocese in the Church of Ceylon, Sri Lanka.