1 What Isaiah son of Amoz saw and wrote concerning Judah and Jerusalem: 2 And it shall happen when these days are past, when the mountain of the house of Yahveh is established; it will be over the head of the mountains, and it will be raised out of hills. All the Gentiles will travel to him; 3 many peoples will come. And they will say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of Yahveh, to the house of the God of Jacob, and may he teach us from his ways, and let us walk in his paths.” Because instruction will go out from Zion, and the word of Yahveh from Jerusalem. 4 He will judge between the nations and he will arbitrate for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plough blades and their spears into pruning hooks. A nation will not lift up a sword against another nation, and they will not learn war again.
when these days are past
Isaiah saw his nation stuck in a society filled with oppression, pride, violence and slavery. He encouraged them to envision future days when God will be put back in his proper place again. His mountain will be the highest, and his teachings will be on everyone’s minds. The oppression and pride of the rich and powerful will be brought down, the violence of warfare will be a thing of the past, and the slavery of fellow human beings a forgotten memory.
Do you dare look into your own future? If you do, you will see that some of the days of Isaiah are still with you. God encourages us to dream about future days, when all those evil things about us are gone, wiped away by his power.
LORD, teach us how to live in our future, when we have been stripped of the things which keep us from your heart.