And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation will not lift up sword against nation,
And never again will they train for war.
Only Jesus can bring true world peace.
About 610 BC, Israel received some three dozen warnings from the prophet Jeremiah. He said God’s wrath would be poured out on all elements of their society because of their wickedness. They would lose their houses, their fields and their wives because all sections of society were corrupt. Even the priests practiced deceit by proclaiming “peace” when there was no peace.
And they healed the brokenness of My people superficially,
Saying, “Peace, peace,”
But there is no peace. —Jeremiah 6:14
It was in the midst of these warnings that God also promised one day there would be true peace. But the only way for true peace was by following God and His Word.
In peace I will both lie down and sleep,
For You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety. —Psalm 4:8
Then and only then would the world have true peace.
And the wolf will dwell with the lamb,
And the leopard will lie down with the young goat,
And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
And a little boy will lead them. —Isaiah 11:6
And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them —Revelation 21:3
So even though Micah 4:3 (above) is written on the outside of the United Nations building in New York, unless they trust Jesus as their Savior, no lasting peace will come.
I realize you want to take the Bible literally, without one single mistake, but there is a glaring mistake that you must admit exists. In Numbers 25:9, the plague that followed Israel’s worship of Baal and Peor killed 24,000. Yet in 1 Corinthians 10:8 Paul said only 23,000 died.
No, Paul said there were 23,000 killed IN ONE DAY! The account in Numbers obviously included the total number who were killed and counted by the judges in the days following. But don’t miss the point of all those deaths: Worship God and God only!
Regarding inerrancy, how can Mark (Mark 6:8) record Jesus allowing His disciples to take a staff and Matthew (Matthew 10:9-10) and Luke (9:3) say it’s forbidden?
The emphasis of the Lord’s instruction was clear: Do not make any “special” provision for this mission. Therefore, the Lord permitted the disciples to take along any staffs they already had. But they were not to take one if they didn’t already have one. The Greek verb used in Matthew (a different word from the one used in Mark) means to “acquire” or “obtain.”
and He instructed them that they should take nothing for their journey, except a mere staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belt —Mark 6:8
Do not acquire gold, or silver, or copper for your money belts, or a bag for your journey, or even two coats, or sandals, or a staff; for the worker is worthy of his support. —Matthew 10:9-10
And He said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, neither a staff, nor a bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not even have two tunics apiece. —Luke 9:3
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