To help me obtain more discipline in writing and reading, I have decided that each Wednesday I will post a passage of Scripture, maybe two, and a quick little blurb from the Ancient Church Fathers on that particular passage. For some, I may make a comment, for others I will let them speak on their own.
” 1The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2 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 shall be lifted up above the hills;
and all the nations shall flow to it,
3and many peoples 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 the law,
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
4He shall judge between the nations,
and shall decide disputes for many peoples;
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.
5O house of Jacob,
come, let us walk
in the light of the LORD.” Isaiah 2.1-5
This is what Augustine, the most important and influential Church Father in history, says,
“The central place they are all coming to is Christ; he is at the center, because he is equally related to all; anything placed in the center is common to all….Approach the mountain, climb the mountain, and you that climb it, do not go down it. There you will be safe, there you will be protected; Christ is your mountain of refuge. And where is Christ? At the right hand of the Father, since he has ascended into heaven.”
“36‘But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son but the Father only. 37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. 42Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.'” Matthew 24.36-44.
And this is what Hilary of Poitiers said about this passage,
“When Christ taught us that no one knows the day on which the end of time will come, not the angels and not even himself, he removed from us any need to be concerned about its date. O immeasurable mercy of divine goodness!”
My two-cents: If you remain on the mountain, that is Christ, continually climbing, you will not need to fear either your death or the end of the world. True peace can be had.