Today is the second Sunday of Advent — a season observed by Christians as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the incarnation and birth of the Second Person of the Triune Godhead.
The term advent is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming”. And so, this season of Advent is also about a second advent or second coming — His return at the end of all things.
Isaiah 11:1, 3-9
On that day…
Not by appearance shall he judge,
nor by hearsay shall he decide,
but he shall judge the poor with justice,
and decide aright for the land’s afflicted.
He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.
Justice shall be the band around his waist,
and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.
Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
the calf and the young lion shall browse together,
with a little child to guide them.
The cow and the bear shall be neighbors,
together their young shall rest;
the lion shall eat hay like the ox.
The baby shall play by the cobra’s den,
and the child lay his hand on the adder’s lair.
There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD,
as water covers the sea.
The above passage from Isaiah 11 foretells that on that second advent, predator and prey will lie peaceably together — the wolf with the lamb, the leopard with the goat, the lion and the calf — because the predator will no longer look upon or need the prey as food (“the lion shall eat hay like the ox“).
This is not some fanciful dream for there are already glimpses of friendships between predator and prey when food is removed as a motive. See, for example:
- Dog releases trapped bird into the wild
- Black bear in zoo becomes unlikely friend with cat
- Lynx in zoo shares food and friendship with homeless kitten
- Lioness adopts baby antelope
- Guinea pig and dog are best friends
- Dog and owlet are best friends
- Fox and Cat Friendship
May the love and peace of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,