Micah 4-5, Psalm 111
Though I am not a farmer, one of my favorite promises in the Bible is that the nations “will beat their swords into plowshares” (Micah 4:3). Planting, watering, and tending vegetables isn’t my favorite pastime, but the thought of all the spilt blood on battlefields and city streets being replaced with a better food supply gets me excited. What’s more, this promise doesn’t come with stipulations or contractual obligations, but is simply describing what God wills to do, and thus will do. The Lord will put an end to all wars, bet on it. The Ruler to come out of Bethlehem (Micah 5:2) will be instrumental in bringing this peace that God’s flock might dwell securely (Micah 5:4). In this peace the lame and exiles gathered back by God (Micah 4:6) will sit under their own vine (Micah 4:4), enjoying the fruit of their labors, or better the fruits of God’s work. In the meantime, church lets put away our swords and all instruments of war, that we might be fruitful in bringing peace, love, and joy through the Spirit to a world living at war.