1 It shall come to pass in the latter days
that the mountain of the house of the LORD
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and it shall be lifted up above the hills;
and peoples shall flow to it,
2 and many nations shall come, and say:
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth the law,
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
The Story: This prophecy comes “to pass in the latter days” which refers to the Messianic Age when Christ the Messiah will rule the world from Jerusalem. At that time, “the house of the LORD will be exalted”. According to Zech. 14:4-5, when the Lord returns at His Second Advent, He will descend to the Mount of Olives and a massive earthquake will split the Mount from east to west creating cataclysmic changes in Jerusalem. The exaltation of the Temple Mount promised in this passage might therefore be both spiritual as well as literal. What is certain is its future central role in the rule and worship of the nations; people will “flow to it” as if caught in the gush of a rapidly moving river. The nations will seek the righteous teachings of God’s “ways” so that they might “walk in his paths”.
The Structure: This section is called a “salvation oracle”, or a prophecy promising the salvation and restoration of Israel. Old Testament prophetic books often comprise salvation as well as judgment oracles, sometimes both alternating, as they do in Isaiah. When one reads Isaiah 2, one is struck with how similar that salvation oracle is to this one in Micah. Both prophets lived during the same time period and prophesied to the same audience, thus the Lord is reinforcing His promise to His people through two chosen messengers.
Read Isaiah 2:1-5, Ps. 48:1-3, 8; and Zech. 8:20-23; 14:16-19. According to Romans 5:1, we have Peace with God. In what ways can we pave the way with friends, co-workers, family and acquaintances in contributing to the day in which “the house of the LORD will be exalted”?
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