Focus Verse: 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. (9)
Currently, only those who know God are filled with His knowledge. But when Jesus returns to reign on earth, ALL the earth will be filled with His knowledge – intellectually, spiritually and relationally. Fierce animals like lions and tigers will live in peace with tame animals like sheep and cows. Little children will be friends with wolves and leopards. Babies will play with cobras and vipers. No one will harm anyone. Nothing will be destroyed. When Jesus reigns, all shall live in peace.
Focus Verse: In that day you will say: “I will praise you, Lord. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have comforted me. (1)
In this verse, the Lord’s anger towards us refers to His discipline when we do wrong. All the anger and wrath that God has towards sin was poured out on His Son, Jesus the Christ, when He died on the cross for the entire world. God’s anger over sin is no longer directed towards us because Christ received it all on the hill of Golgotha. His anger has been replaced with mercy; His wrath with compassion. But when we do receive discipline from the Lord for our screw-ups, we can praise Him for it because it shows how much He loves us.
Focus Verse: I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless. (11)
Evil will not run rampant in our world forever. God will put an end to it.
Focus Verse: Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household. (19)
God sees all believers as equal members of His family. Regardless of our pre-Christian background, He no longer sees us as sinners, but saints. He loves us and treats us as His own children. We are no longer strangers to one another either, but brothers and sisters united by the blood of Jesus the Christ. Never forget Who’s you are and to Whom you belong.