Do me a favor – turn to Isaiah 2:2-7 and read it aloud.
2 In the last days
the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established
as the highest of the mountains;
it will be exalted above the hills,
and all nations will stream to it.
3 Many peoples will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the temple of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
so that we may walk in his paths.”
The law will go out from Zion,
the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
4 He will judge between the nations
and will settle disputes for many peoples.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war anymore.
5 Come, descendants of Jacob,
let us walk in the light of the Lord.
The Day of the Lord
6 You, Lord, have abandoned your people,
the descendants of Jacob.
They are full of superstitions from the East;
they practice divination like the Philistines
and embrace pagan customs.
7 Their land is full of silver and gold;
there is no end to their treasures.
Their land is full of horses;
there is no end to their chariots.
At Wild Goose, Father John Dear read this passage to us and broke it down like this…
“Upon the mountain, the Almighty God will be lifted up. The people will say, “Let’s go up on that mountain.” They will commune with God and learn from his teaching. In response to God, they will beat the swords into plowshares and study war no more.”
What you don’t see is…”Ok, God, I have 1 hour, so make it snappy.” – You don’t see…”But I’m too old; but I have important work to do; but I hate change; but what about my heritage; but I like swords; but I am not used to gardening; but I don’t know how…; but we might offend someone.” – You don’t see…”God, that is really admirable. I’m going back to the way things were.”
This is the sequence of events when it comes to an encounter with God…
The people will get a glimpse of God. The people will say, “Let’s get closer.” God will teach the people and unify them. After the experience with God, they will come down the mountain and take the weapons of death and make them into tools for life. They will disarm the hatred and turn towards love. And they will say “Come out of the darkness. Let us walk in the Light of the Lord.”
What are the weapons of destruction and death the we are called to disarm?
An encounter with god results in disarmament and creativity. Taking that which is undesirable, unholy, unjust, unloving, and re-working it for the good.
What a miracle!
This, my friends, is the miraculous nature of the relationship between God and God’s people. With God, we have the power to transform something dead and destructive into something alive and life-giving.
See for yourself… John 13:1-17
Dirty feet into a holy act of intimacy, service, and love.
Bread and a slobbery shared cup into a means of unification and a symbol and reminder of salvation.
People of God, you are invited too….