Isaiah 11: The Changing Power of the Gospel
In the previous chapter, we were talking about Jesus, and we are extending that discussion into Isaiah 11. It is very interesting because when Jesus comes, some very interesting things are going to happen.
Isa 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
Isa 11:7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
Isa 11:8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.
Isa 11:9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
I am not sure that this verse is intended to be taken literally because the Messiah came for people rather than animals, so perhaps these comparisons are being used to tell us about people and the effect that the Gospel will have on them.
It is true if you think about it. The church as we know it today has people who might not be able to get along and many other circumstances, but they come together because they understand they are part of something bigger than themselves. We also have people who have seen their lives entirely transformed. They had one lifestyle, and now they have an entirely different one. It is like the old wolf life can all of a sudden be transformed and live with the lamb.
Verse nine even tells us that if and when the entire Earth is filled with the knowledge of the Lord, there would be no more destruction. I think we need to address this claim a little bit more. Some people will immediately come back and say that they had been plenty of bad Christians, so I certainly would not expect a world full of them to create a world without violence. Look at the Crusades for example.
Hold on just a second. It is important to differentiate between people who call themselves Christians and people who truly are Christians. For example, I can call myself a used car salesman, but it doesn’t mean I really am one. I don’t go to the garage and sell cars all day; I go to my office and sell insurance. However, I still call myself whenever I want. The proof is in the evidence rather than the label.
People who have been transformed by the Gospel ought to be different. I’m not saying that we all should be perfect because that would be ridiculous and impossible, but I am saying that there should be some kind of development evident in our lives. Things that should not naturally happen began to happen in that person’s life. It gets back to all of the comparisons in the chapter.