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Thy Kingdom Come

Today’s reading: Isaiah 9:1-12:6

My selection: Isaiah 11:9

They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

My reflections: At the time Isaiah was writing, Judah faced captivity, but, woven through his prophecy, there are hopeful promises of a glorious kingdom to come. In the context here, we read of peacefulness and safety. Snakes don’t bite and bears don’t kill. Lions are pets for little children. Best of all, the knowledge of the Lord fills the earth as completely as the waters cover the sea.

In a world like that, there will be wisdom and righteousness. There will be no sin. God’s rule will be recognized and respected. There will be no end to that kingdom for there will be no end of His government. [Isaiah 9:6-7]

My challenge: Does that not give even more meaning to the prayer that Jesus Christ taught His disciples, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”? [Matthew 6:7-13].

Pray it now. Pray it until it comes. It has come in part and it is coming fully.

Tomorrow’s reading: Isaiah 13:1-17:14

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