Oct. 10, 00

The other evening I was watching a program on National Geographic or some other similar type of program. I watched as a river in Africa was slowly dwindling to a small pool of water. Before the water dwindled, there seemed to be plenty for all to drink. Water Buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles, and various birds and cranes seemed to exist in this remote semi-desert area. Obviously the crocodiles because of their treacherous nature, would dominate the environment you would think. However, there was a strange relationship between some of the partners who maintained their existence there. Crocodiles and hippos lived in harmony with each other. There seemed to be an understanding between them that somehow prevented any obvious violence between them. Even though the crocodiles were meat eaters, the huge hippos were recognized as the superior one. There was no fighting or quarreling between them however.

This peaceful relationship continued between them, even when the water subsided, and other animals desperately sought the water that they so desperately needed for their survival. Various antelopes and deer would venture close to the waterç—´ edge in last-ditch efforts to quench their thirst. Right next to this water, the devious jaws of the crocodile were waiting however, but the deer were desperate. At one point, seemingly all of the animals there began to live in a state of anarchy. They would even go so far as to eat their own and it became a "survival of the fittest."

[15]" If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other." Gal. 5


We know that there is a time coming when the inhabitants of this earth will live in peace. There have been countless wars that have continued to plague mankind and we know that this will be an ongoing thing for us as a people, until the Lord returns for His bride. We have a marvelous passage of scripture that states however, that a time is coming when even the animals will live in peace:

ISA 65:25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, but dust will be the serpent's food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain," says the LORD."


Now to be sure, we are a people that God cares about even more than the animals, but the point here concerns a state of peace and harmony, and one that we will not experience until there are "new heavens and a new earth." We are also told that manç—´ weapons will be laid down forevermore, and that he will no longer learn the strategies and tactics of war.

ISA 2:4 "He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore."


The creation was subject to frustration largely in part due to the fall of man. It however, waits to be "freed from its bondage," as we all do in Christ. As there will be "new heavens and a new earth," then at that time, a harmony will be seen where all of creation will finally be at peace.

[19] "The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. [20] For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope [21] that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. " Rom. 8

RO 8:22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. [23] Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. [24] For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? [25] But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Rom. 8


We know that for now there will be "wars and rumors of wars," as this earth and mankind continue in their decay and in their fallen state of corruption. We can however, look past our present time though, and look into the eyes of our Father who has "new things in store there for us."

As the hippo and the crocodile lived in harmony with each other, so we are also called upon to do the same thing. Even though the river may run dry and the food is scarce, we must not live in anarchy with those around us. He has created us all in His image, and we are now "new creations in Him." For it is said:

RO 12:17 "Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. [18] If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. [19] Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord."

ISA 65:17 "Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered nor will they come to mind."


Stephen Hanson