Saturday, August 2, 2014

Plowshares or swords?

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"And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: 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 any more,"  is what Isaiah prophesied in Isaiah 2:3-4.

The prophet Joel, in contrast, said this:
"Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning-hooks into spears;  let the weak say: 'I am strong.' "

Chapter 4 of the biblical book of Joel is sounding very modern right now.
It is worth a read.


The Oliver model plow, USA, 1860,  was lovingly restored for the Tractor Museum in Ein Vered.
I saw it in Tel Aviv at the 2012 AgriTech fair.
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6 comments:

William Kendall said...

That old machinery looks well kept.

Cloudia said...

What synchronicity! I do not normally find myself pondering Torah out of the blue, but passages from Joel have been repeating: "Your old shall dream dreams"

Thanks for EVERYTHING, Dina.


Shalom

Spiderdama said...

"So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God"

Birdman said...

There some symbolism here.

VP said...

Isaiah is accepted as a prophet also in Islam...

Reader Wil said...

Why is there such a contrast between Isaiah 2:3-4. and
the prophet Joel?
Carrying weapons is a sign of weakness.