Scripture Read: Isaiah 65 - 66
Title: The New Heavens and Earth
(H) Highlight verse: "For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind." Isaiah 65:17
(E) Explain: The conclusion of Isaiah is a message of warning and hope. It is a warning to those who do not repent from their evil ways and who have turned their backs on God that harsh judgment awaits them. Those who forsake the LORD are like smoke in the nostrils of the LORD. They will never be satisfied, no matter what they do, they will experience suffering and ultimately death. They will be forsaken by God.
It is also a message of hope to those who do repent as they receive a promise from God of restoration and redemption. They also receive the promise of a creation by God. There will be one day when the heavens and the earth will be made new. This new earth will be a kingdom of peace, safety and where God glory is evident to all nations and He will be acknowledge as the King of kings and Lord of lords.
(A) Application: I think we can learn much from this passage. The main point for us to consider is that God has promised a great hope for those who follow and obey Him. God's redemption of humanity and restoration of creation is promised by God. This is the hope we have. As I read this passage my heart is filled with anticipation of the new heavens and new earth but it is also challenged as I know that these are future and until then I must live my life here on earth for His glory. However, I live in the moment. I am in God's kingdom today and He has called you and me to a great cause and purpose... to share his message of hope, love, grace, and mercy to the nations so they too can one day be part of God's magnificient and glorious kingdom.
(R) Respond: I wait for the new heavens and new earth with great anticipation... but I live today for you. I live my life today for your glory and honor.
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