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					                    SEEDS OF HOPE
February 16, 2011

The Land Where He Lives
Compiled by: Lisa K. Gonzales
From: The Life Application Study Bible

6 “Inthat day the wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard and the goat will be at
peace. Calves and yearlings will be safe among lion, and a little child will lead them all. 7
The cattle will graze among bears. Cubs and calves will lie down together. And lions will eat
grass as the livestock do. 8 Babies will crawl safely among poisonous snakes. Yes, a little
child will put its hand in a nest of deadly snakes and pull it out unharmed. 9 Nothing will hurt
or destroy in all MY holy mountain. And as the waters fill the sea, so the earth will be filled
with people who know the LORD. 10 In that day the heir to David’s throne will be a banner of
salvation to all the world. The nations will rally to Him, for the land where He lives will be a
glorious place.” ~ Isaiah 11:6-10

A golden age is yet to come, a time of peace when children will play with formerly dangerous
animals. Not all of this was fulfilled at Christ’s first coming. For example, nature has not returned
to its intended balance and harmony. Such perfect tranquility is possible only when Christ reigns
over the earth.

19 “For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when GOD will reveal who HIS
children really are. 20 Against its will, everything on earth was subjected to GOD’s curse. 21
All creation anticipates the day when it will join GOD’s children in glorious freedom from
death and decay. 22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of
childbirth right up to the present time.” - Romans 8:19-22 - Sin has caused all creation to fall
from the perfect state in which GOD created it. The world is in bondage to death and decay so that
it cannot fulfill its intended purpose. One day all creation will be liberated and transformed. Until
that time it waits in eager expectation for the resurrection of GOD’s children.
Christians see the world as it is – physically decaying and spiritually infected with sin. But Christians
do not need to be pessimistic, because they have hope for future glory. They look forward to the
new heaven and new earth that GOD has promised, and they wait for GOD’s new order that will free
the world of sin, sickness, and evil. In the meantime, Christians go with Christ into the world where
they heal people’s bodies and souls and fight the evil effects of sin in the world.

Father, it is true, our world is in bondage to death and decay so that it cannot fulfill its
intended purpose. But one fine, and glorious day all creation will be liberated and
transformed. Until that day Father GOD, we look forward to the new heaven and the new
earth that YOU have promised and wait for YOUR new order that will free our world from sin,
sickness, and evil.

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