What will make a lion lie down with a lamb and what needs to happen so that a child can play at the snake’s den? The Scriptures say that this and other events will happen when the Earth is full of the knowledge of The Lord. It appears that animals and humans alike will respond and act upon the knowledge or truth of The Lord. Until that time when that the Earth is full of the knowledge of The Lord, man and animals will continue to act without knowledge.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord,as the waters cover the sea. (Isaiah 11:9)
The world became void of knowledge or truth when man introduced sin into the world. Once truth was gone, the entire creation fell and has functioned in that manner since then. As fallen beings, man and animals respond to situations with their fallen nature. Animals function in fear or a fighting for life. Man also responds with fear, but also with greed, lust and anger. As long as man is without truth or the Knowledge of The Lord, he will always function that way.
When Christ rules during his millennial reign, everything will change. It will be then when war ceases, the lion lies with the lamb and the children play by the snake’s den. But is that our only hope? Must we be forced to succumb to our sinful natures and battle life in fear? The answer i, no. Because of truth from The Lord, we do not need to live as other fallen beings. We may not have complete truth, but we have enough truth to enable us to experience some millennial kingdom living now.
Because of truth, we do not need live in fear. If we function in the realm of peace, we need not fearfully fight in order to survive. By being content with what The Lord has provided to us, we no longer need to reach out with greed for things which will not satisfy. If we rest in the Sovereign One, we will no longer need to exact revenge upon our enemies or those who have wronged us. If the knowledge of The Lord will keep savage animals from devouring one another, should not truth from God’s word produce some of that behavior within man now? Are not the fruit of the Spirit a like manifestation of truth’s effect upon man.
Christianity is much more than “thou shalts” and “thou shalt nots”. It is about Jesus Christ, who is truth, and how we can and should live within the influence of that truth. If you claim the name of Christ and yet continue to worry from fear, lash out at opposition, or covet for more that you have, you have not yet begun to live the Christian life. Don’t you remember the announcement at his birth, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:14)
It is time to change.