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Dearly loved people of God,
Consider what the restored creation will be like:
Isaiah 11:6–7 NIV
The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
It boggles the mind. Our imaginations get a real workout, playing with these pictures.
Earlier this month I went to the Royal Agricultural Fair and watched the calf showing. With my daughter Abigail in 4H this summer, I saw a lot of dairy heifers being shown, but at the Royal, I saw the beef classes.
The peewee handler’s showmanship class was incredible. Picture a ring full of 3, 4, 5 year olds, each leading a limousin bull weighing 600-900 lbs around the ring. Now that’s only part of the picture Isaiah paints. Now, along with the bull and the child, add a lion, a goat, and a leopard. Replace the show-ring with some wide open pastureland and you get the picture.
Picture a ring full of 3, 4, 5 year olds, each leading a limousin bull weighing 600-900 lbs around the ring.
That’s a closeup of the restoration of relationships - specifically between species of animal, with humans, even children, exercising their role as caregivers and stewards of creation. Mind-boggling though it is, that’s just the beginning of the peace and restoration.
Isaiah 11:9 NIV
They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
Neither harm nor destroy - that’s even more difficult to imagine. When I was on vacation, my beach reading material included a John Farrow thriller, set in Montreal. A pharmaceutical company was researching drugs to cure AIDS - good stuff, right?
Except that the CEO was only pursuing the research, taking protection and a major investment from a criminal biker gang, motivated by the thought of making billions of dollars. He secretly ordered testing of the experimental drugs in the decaying, downtown core of US cities on desperate AIDS patients, killing dozens of them. As the detective hero of the story unravels the plot and rescues the beautiful girl, lies are told, guns get fired, and people are killed.
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