He will settle disputes among the nations
and provide arbitration for many peoples.
They will turn their swords into plows
and their spears into pruning knives.
Nations will not take up the sword against other nations,
and they will never again train for war.
Swords into plows and spears into pruning knives. What about guns? Melt them down? For all the weapons, The Cold War, etc., that is a lot of weapons to be destroyed/repurposed!
Their land is full of idols;
they bow down to the work of their hands,
to what their fingers have made.
How much of America is idols? How many people worship the work of their own hands? How do we appreciate and like something but don’t worship it?
The statues being torn down are prime examples. They were not idols to me, I did not worship them. I did appreciate them. I was upset that people could tear them down, thinking there were somehow changing the past. Leave the statues, learn the history–the true history–and work to not repeat it.
Human pride will be humbled,
and the loftiness of men will be brought low;
the Lord alone will be exalted on that day.
The previous few verses are things I don’t want to endure, but this I would love to see. Maybe a bit vindictive, but I want to see the Lord exalted…and mankind recognize how pathetically weak and powerless we really are.
Prime example: Climate change. How egocentric are we to think we can stop, make something happen, or change the weather? And I’ve had the argument that it’s climate, not weather. Climate is a collection of weather; climate is weather.
We can’t even accurately predict weather, how could we think that we can control it?
The idols will vanish completely.
For everything that is idolized in this world…that is a lot to be taken away.
On that day people will throw
their silver and gold idols,
which they made to worship,
to the moles and the bats.
Silver and gold will be thrown to bats and moles! As of yesterday, gold was at almost $1,900/oz. Ironic that something considered so valuable today will be thrown to wild animals that have no use for it, place no value on it… they were useless to mankind and they are useless to bats and moles.
And once again my question arises about why silver and gold have always been considered valuable. They can’t be eaten; they have no practical, life-sustaining value.
Put no more trust in man,
who has only the breath in his nostrils.
What is he really worth?
We are mere humans. We rule over the animals, that is about the extent. God–the Father, Son, Holy Spirit–is the One to put trust in, have a relationship with. Everything else is worthless, futile, a waste of time, and there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes).
We think there is new coming all the time, technology, etc. But truly–there is a strong possibility it was done before (the technology of Atlantis–they found a computer? 1,000s of years ago, a computer). Through everything there is mankind; and human nature never changes–there is nothing new under the sun.