In Exodus 19:6, GOD called Israel the Holy Nation and Kingdom of Priests. HE told them to come unto HIM that HE may write HIS Laws upon their hearts. HE even called them HIS First Born which signifies that GOD wanted many Sons unto HIMSELF.
HE did not want them to conquer by war but by Love; HE wanted them to serve as Priests so as to lead other nations into the presence of the LORD so that they can be come holy as HE is holy. If Love is essence and being and HIS Word is who HE is, it confirms that whatever GOD wanted to achieve through the Israelites was not what happened after they rejected HIS encounter.
But in Micah4:3, GOD was saying that in the days to come, people would no longer need swords or spears but plowshares and pruninghooks. This means that instead of war and destruction order, beauty and fruitfulness would be the order of the day. The energy people use for waging war against will be used for producing beauty and wealth.
The only force that can produce beauty and fruitfulness is Love for it is through the Love of GOD and the love for man that man creates solutions for the problems that abound in this world. By these creations, people would automatic go through processes they should not have gone through voluntarily. They will begin to subscribe to the system love has created in being a solution to a problem.
Had Israelites agreed with the LORD, Amorites, Hittites, Jebusites would have been remembered as part of the LORD’s people till today. But because they refused, GOD had to do things based on their choices. Their relationship with GOD would have birthed something great in the hearts. Imagine the whole Israelites acting and responding to issues with Love in their hearts (as Priests); carrying the burden of other nations till they accept GOD. It would have been a glorious sight!
Peace To The Wise!