Will the wolf one day really lie down with the lamb?


The wolf will live with the lamb,
    the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
    and a little child will lead them.
The cow will feed with the bear,
    their young will lie down together,
    and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
    and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest. Isaiah 11:6-8
The wolf and the lamb will feed together,
    and the lion will eat straw like the ox,
    and dust will be the serpent’s food.
They will neither harm nor destroy
    on all my holy mountain,”
says the Lord. Isaiah 65:25
            The imagery Isaiah used was meant to express peace.  Whether wolves and lambs, leopards and goats will sleep together wasn’t the point.  It’s that the relationship in the animal kingdom will one day change from predator and prey to peaceful friends.
            The only time this could happen is in the new heaven and the new earth.  We know God will reboot the earth and certainly animals will be in that equation.  The animals got along on the ark for over a year and didn’t eat each other.  God could do that for eternity.