In several places, the Bible gives us a vision of what a world of peace might look like. In the 19th century, Quaker minister and American painter Edward Hicks turned the vision from Isaiah 11 into a series of 62 paintings known together as the Peaceable Kingdom. (One of which is pictured here.)

But as some have noted, “If you’re going to have the wolf lying down with the lamb, you’re going to have to keep replacing the lamb.” How should we view the utopian visions the Bible gives us? Are they helpful to our lives or do they keep us stuck in false hope until we run out of lambs?

— Rev. Anne Robertson

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