The Earth Shall Be Full of the Knowledge of the Lord – 2 Nephi 21:6-9

6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the young lion and fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’s den.
9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
(2 Nephi 21:6-9, 2 Nephi 30:12-15Isaiah 11:6-9)

Immediately after the Savior’s Second Coming, there will be a period of 1,000 years of peace on the earth, known as the Millennium. During that time, as the Lord revealed to Joseph Smith, “the enmity of man, and the enmity of beasts, yea, the enmity of all flesh, shall cease from before my face” (D&C 101:26).

In the passage above, Isaiah helps us to visualize this period of peace by describing pairs of animals who would ordinarily be enemies living together harmoniously. I’m particularly struck by the final verse of this passage, in which he explains why no one is harming each other: “For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” When we really understand spiritual truths, we become more peaceful and loving. As the prophet Joseph Smith taught:

The nearer we get to our heavenly Father, the more we are disposed to look with compassion on perishing souls; we feel that we want to take them upon our shoulders, and cast their sins behind our backs (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, “Chapter 37: Charity, the Pure Love of Christ“).

Today, I will remember that to know God is to love His children, and that the more we collectively receive the knowledge of the Lord, the more harmoniously and happily we will live. I will strive to gain greater spiritual knowledge so that I can more closely mirror Isaiah’s depiction of the Millennium in my own life.

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