“And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.” – (Isaiah 11:10)
If you haven’t done so already, I would encourage you to read all of Isaiah 11. This is the passage of Scripture that really caught my attention this morning, but I thought the truth from the first post, which was originally published in 2010, would be more helpful.
Thr rest that the title infers has to do with the Millenial Kingdom, which will be established on the earth after the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. It will be a wonderful time of peace and prosperity, and the earth at that time will have some similarities to the original creation of God in the Garden of Eden. Even the animals, which hunted and killed each other, will be like they were originally created, and will be vegetarians rather than meat eaters. It seems that even though the presence of sin will still be there, it will be under much greater control. Sin will not be irradicated, however, until we are in the new Heaven and the new earth, which does not take place until after the Millenium.
I look forward to the Millenial Kingdom. I also look forward to the New Jerusalem. Recently, I became convicted about the fact that are homes should be a reflection now of what life will be like then. Our homes should be little pictures of Heaven: a place where there is “nothing that offends”; a place where there is no strife; a place where the Word of God is preeminent, and the God of the Word is glorified. Our family started a new practice just this past Sunday that, hopefully, we will be faithful to continue. What we are doing is this: we are carving out the hours between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm on Sunday afternoons. We will enjoy a special meal together that is prepared on Saturday, so it just has to be heated up on Sunday. We are shutting off the T.V., as well as the computers and smart phones. I will not be working on Sunday night’s message. It will be a time where family, and a few close friends, are gathered together, enjoying the goodness of God, as well as each other’s fellowship. For those three hours, we will be resting, and relaxing. Perhaps, we will all take a walk together; perhaps, we will do nothing; but hopefully it will be something that we look forward to every week, just as we look forward to going home to Heaven.
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