In the coming messianic kingdom, not only humans, but all God’s creatures, will live together in peace and harmony.
Here is another of Isaiah’s promises of a restored “Messianic Kingdom.” Though the family tree of Jesse, David’s father, has been reduced to a stump, God will make it grow a new branch (see IsaiahIsaiah, son of Amoz, who prophesied in Jerusalem, is included among the prophets of the eighth century B.C.E. (along with Amos, Hosea, and Micah)--preachers who boldly proclaimed God's word of judgment against the economic, social, and religious disorders of their time. More 4:2; JeremiahProphet who condemned Judah's infidelity to God, warned of Babylonian conquest, and promised a new covenant More 23:5; 33:15; Zechariah 3:8).
The new king will be given God’s spirit, just as God’s spirit “came mightily” upon DavidSecond king of Israel, David united the northern and southern kingdoms. More (1 SamuelThe judge who anointed the first two kings of Israel More 16:13). Governing in the spirit of God will mean caring for the poor and the meek, as it does throughout the Bible (PsalmA psalm is a song of praise. In the Old Testament 150 psalms comprise the psalter, although some of the psalms are laments and thanksgivings. In the New Testament early Christians gathered to sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. More 72).
This text goes beyond what we have heard so far by including all creatures in the kingdom of peace. The “dog eat dog” world of “nature red in tooth and claw” will no longer prevail, even though for now that, too, is part of God’s created order (Psalm 104:21). The vision of a world in which wolves and lambs, calves and lions all lie down together clearly moves beyond the possibilities of the present age. The description seems to partake of elements common to fables and fairy tales, but something else is at stake here. By bringing together in peace the child and the snake, the text reminds us of the enmity brought through human sin in Eden (Genesis 3:14-15). God will overcome the curse of sin and establish a world in which all creatures thrive. This is just one of many texts in Isaiah that contain what we might now call an “environmental impact statement.” Judgment and promise, sin and graceGrace is the unmerited gift of God's love and acceptance. In Martin Luther's favorite expression from the Apostle Paul, we are saved by grace through faith, which means that God showers grace upon us even though we do not deserve it. More are not only for humans, but their consequences, good and bad, are felt by the entire creationCreation, in biblical terms, is the universe as we know or perceive it. Genesis says that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. In the book of Revelation (which speaks of end times) the author declares that God created all things and... More.