See the plowshare in the sword

At first glance the Bible promise looks wonderfully poetic, but a bit unrealistic. Beating swords into plowshares? That’s the action-plan for establishing peace among nations? Consider this from the Old Testament book of Micah: “He [God] shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (4:3). As if to press the message farther into thought, the same promise—with minor variations—appears again in Isaiah. And yet again in Joel.

It takes spiritual vision to see within a sword the promise of a plowshare, or to glimpse within a spear the promise of a pruninghook. It takes keen insight to discern within an AK-47 a cuff link.


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February 20, 2012

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