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The Wolf & The Lamb
9/24/2012

“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, The leopard shall lie down with the young goat, The calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; Their young ones shall lie down together; And the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, And the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den.” Isaiah 11:6-8 (NKJV)

Every time I am on my mountain bike and I cross the path of a coiled up rattlesnake, ready to strike me, I am reminded of what the Scriptures in the Old Testament say.   We are given a glimpse of what our world will be like when Jesus comes back.   We are told, “The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den” (Isa. 11:8). 

It’s an amazing tragedy that Adam handed over the title deed of the earth to Satan.  God in His sovereignty allowed this to happen, but He had also carefully crafted a plan to redeem the world and all creation from the bondage and death of sin.  Until then, things can never be the way they could have been as all of creation groans, and labors with birth pangs.

For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Romans 8:20-22 (NKJV)

The effect of Adam’s sin upon our world has left mankind subjected by the very things God created man to subject (Gen. 1:26-28).  Imagine what it is going to be like when we have no more tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes or tsunamis.  Imagine what it will be like to pet a Bengal lion, to play with snakes and scorpions, or to swim with a Great White Shark.

Even though God has given Satan dominion over all unbelievers (cf. 2Tim. 2:26; 1John 5:19; Eph. 2:2), and has allowed him to operate in this world within a set of boundaries, we must never forget his power is limited, and that God is ultimately in control.  It is an amazing truth to profess to the lost—we have been delivered spiritually from the power of darkness (Col. 1:13).  Thank You Lord Jesus!

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things.  Let’s choose to reflect upon what we have been given, and look forward to what we have coming in Jesus. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained in this devotional, what can we learn about the state of our world now, and in the future when Jesus comes back?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you excited about what awaits you?

APPLICATION: Let’s share these verses with others this week so they may be encouraged their Christian walk, or saved from their unregenerated state.

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for sharing a glimpse of what it will be like when Your Son returns in all His glory.  Help us to share this message with others this week.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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