Scripture: verse 20
Happy are you who sow by all streams,
letting oxen and donkeys roam freely.
Observation: Someday God will reign as King, and He will be what each person needs in the place that they are, and those who need healing in body or mind will get it, and everyone will be righteous and “the effect of righteousness shall be peace” (verse 17).
And then there’s this bit: they will sow by all streams and let their animals wander freely, implying that both crops and herds would no longer be owned and managed by individuals, but by whoever was around at the time.
In other words, the hippies had it right.
Now, the hippies had it wrong, too. Their communes failed because humans are sinful and the world is not safe. This passage speaks of a time when righteousness and justice win. Peace and communism are the result of righteousness, not the other way around.
Application: Seek first the kingdom of God, and all things will be given to you. (Matthew 6:33)
Prayer: Yeshua, thank you for bringing peace. Thank you for making it possible for humans to love each other and work together. Thank you for giving us beautiful ideas, even if those ideas are not for who and where we are. Help me to seek you first. Amen.