Isaiah 11:6-9 NIVUK
The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest. 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.
Isaiah looks to the future and foresees the coming of a king from David’s line who will reign justly and out of a faithful relationship with God – that’s what righteousness means. And look what his kingdom will be like! Of course this king is Jesus and this what it looks like when his people live a life of love.
Spirit, help us be a people of unity and peace not division and suspicion!