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Monday, February 3, 2014

More of the Bible in one Hand and the Newspaper the Other

I saw this story about Libya collaborating with Western governments to destroy WMD’s.  I know it is a small victory for peace in a region rife with bloodshed.  But, small victories may potentially begin a movement.

I found this paragraph enlightening.
As Libya’s weak central government grapples with turmoil and unrest, and as kidnappings and assassinations of military and police officers accelerate in the country’s east, American and international weapons specialists hailed the destruction of the Libyan stockpile as a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy security environment.

Clearly Libya is not becoming a desert paradise any time soon.  But in an effort that required cooperation between Germans, Libyans, Swedes, Canadians, and Americans, is something to cheer.  I thought of the words of the prophet Micah, especially, v.3 (see below).

Micah 4
English Standard Version (ESV)
The Mountain of the Lord
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 it shall be lifted up above the hills;
and peoples shall flow to it,
    and many nations 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,[a]
    and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between many peoples,
    and shall decide for strong nations far away;
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;
but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree,
    and no one shall make them afraid,
    for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.
For all the peoples walk
    each in the name of its god,
but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God
    forever and ever.

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