It shall come to pass in the latter days
that the mountain of the house of the Lord
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and shall be lifted up above the hills;
and all the nations shall flow to it,
and many peoples shall come, and say:
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may 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 shall decide disputes for many peoples;
and 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, let us walk
in the light of the Lord. Isaiah 2:2-5 ESV
Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
your judgments are like the great deep;
man and beast you save, O Lord.
How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light do we see light. Psalm 36:5-9 ESV
The highest mountain in the world is Mt. Everest, which is the tallest peak in the Himalayan mountains in Asia. It stands 29,029 feet above sea level, which is almost five and a half miles high! It’s also a growing mountain. It grows about four millimeters a year because there are two tectonic plates that are pushing against each other and slowly pushing the mountain higher. The first people we know of to reach the top of Mt. Everest were Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953. Many people have tried to reach the top of Mt. Everest, and some have made it, and some have died in trying. Many people will continue to try to climb Mt. Everest, coaxed by the adventure of reaching the top of the highest mountain in the world.
The prophet Isaiah said that the mountain of the house of the Lord would one day be the highest mountain in the world. The temple in Jerusalem was at the top of a small mountain peak, but it isn’t nearly as high as Mt. Everest. The elevation of Jerusalem is only about 2,582 feet. Isaiah wasn’t talking about this little mountain growing and becoming higher than Mt. Everest, but instead he was making a picture of people from all around the world coming to know the Lord and learning his law and his ways. God’s law is so holy, and gives people such amazing heavenly light, that the adventure of climbing Mt. Everest seems very small by comparison. Walking in the Lord’s light and in his peace brings us to his heavenly kingdom and life with God forever.
Outside Jerusalem there is a hill called Calvary, and on this hill Jesus was put on a cross to die. This is the greatest mountain of the Lord, the place where Jesus paid the penalty for our sins and brought us back to our heavenly Father. Through Jesus people from all over the world can come to God and become his people. Because of him all people can know peace with God and walk in his light, now and forever.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for bringing us to you through Jesus because of what he did for us on the cross. In His Name, Amen.