In days to come,Isaiah 2:2-3
The mountain of the Lord’s house
shall be established as the highest mountain
and raised above the hills.
All nations shall stream toward it.
Many peoples shall come and say:
“Come, let us go up to the Lord’s mountain,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
That he may instruct us in his ways,
and we may walk in his paths.”
For from Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
Not by force but by attraction, all nations shall stream toward the light of torah (the Hebrew word translated by the NABRE as “instruction” in Isaiah 2:3). The immaterial, priceless treasure of wisdom worth more than gold or silver drew the Queen of Sheba irresistibly to the throne of Solomon, king of Israel (1 Kings 10:1-10). Jesus marveled at the faith of Gentiles like the Roman centurion who recognized his authority, and received healing for his servant by faith in God’s word.
I say to you, many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the kingdom of heaven.Matthew 8:11
The word of the Lord is the source of order and direction in a twisted and misguided world. Like the sick in search of a doctor, multitudes sunk in misery and malaise yearn for the straight and narrow path of torah. Images of a road (derek), path or way (orach) up to the mountain of the Lord serve as tangible symbols of the mind, heart, and law of God (torah).
Torah, translated as “instruction,” comes from the verb yarah, translated as “instruct” in this passage of Isaiah. The base meaning of yarah is “to throw” or “to shoot,” as an archer’s arrow towards a target. The word of the Lord gives direction, meaning, and a definite goal in life, which is holiness or wholeness (shalom).
The promise to the Jews has not been nullified, Paul’s letter to the Romans attests. The full embrace of Christ by Israel will reap untold abundance for the nations (Romans 11:12).
Thus says the Lord of hosts: In those days ten people from nations of every language will take hold, yes, will take hold of the cloak of every Judahite and say, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”Zechariah 8:23
The word for “cloak” or “sleeve” (kanaph) also refers to the “wing” or “extremity” of God himself, in this Messianic reference:
But for you who fear my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings. You shall go forth leaping like calves from the stall.Malachi 4:2 (RSV; 3:20 in NABRE)
These tangible images of multitudes reaching for the wings of the Lord’s garments literally came to pass:
Whatever villages or towns or countryside he entered, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak; and as many as touched it were healed.Mark 6:56 (cf. Matthew 14:36)
A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the tassel on his cloak. She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.” Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, “Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.” And from that hour the woman was cured.Matthew 9:20-22 (cf. Luke 8:43-48)