Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Old Testament peace in the light of Christ

A very interesting note on the reading for today. Isaiah 2.3(b)-11. This is clearly being understood as a Christological exegesis and might help illuminate the issue of Old Testament violence in light of early Christian pacifism. Look especially at the bold print, which I have added. This appears to be a result of the Word of the Lord (always understood by the PAtristic authors as Christ) going forth from Jerusalem:

Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations, And rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore.
O house of Jacob, come and let us walk In the light of the Lord.
For You have forsaken Your people, the house of Jacob, Because they are filled with eastern ways; They are soothsayers like the Philistines, And they are pleased with the children of foreigners.
Their land is also full of silver and gold, And there is no end to their treasures; Their land is also full of horses, And there is no end to their chariots.
Their land is also full of idols; They worship the work of their own hands, That which their own fingers have made.


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