All Things New: Isaiah 65 (7)
Pray Psalm 98.1.
Oh, sing to the LORD a new song!
For He has done marvelous things;
His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.
Review Isaiah chapter 65.
1. What does God condemn in this chapter?
2. Who are the servants of God? What does He promise them?
With great promises come great warnings. The promise here is of a new creation, which God was already beginning to put in place in the time that Isaiah wrote these words. That begins with wiping away the first creation, including the temple in Jerusalem, so that a new foundation can be laid for God’s work. The new creation extends from the captivity of Babylon, down the long corridor of human history, and into the age to come.
God is at work, and what God is doing is glorious, and abounding in righteousness, peace, and joy. You won’t want to miss it.
But those who persist in their shallow religion and sinful ways will miss everything God is doing. And they will abide not with Him in His glory and joy, but under His wrath and curse.
A new creation of abundance and joy is coming, because God Himself is coming to dwell with and shepherd His people. All creation is being transformed, as God is making all things new, in the new covenant of life His Servant will accomplish for His people.
All who desire this new creation will repent of their sinful ways, and bring the hope of the new creation to bear in and through all their relationships, roles, and responsibilities.
1. God was rejecting His people, at the same time He was bringing His new creation into being for them. Explain.
2. The salvation God brings to those who believe embraces all aspects of their lives. How can you see that in this chapter?
3. What’s your primary takeaway from Isaiah 65?
The earth will freely give its produce, and all evil will be removed, just as Isaiah said … for God has refashioned such a world in his kingdom just as it had been made in the beginning before the first-made human being ruined it, who after he had disobeyed the word of God all things were spoiled and ruined and cursed by God’s word: “the earth will be cursed in your works.” The former shape of this world will become the kingdom of the saints and the liberation of the creatures. Gregory of Elvira (fl. 359-385 AD), Origen’s Tractates on the Books of Holy Scripture 5.36
Lord Jesus, bring Your salvation into every area of my life, with ever-increasing newness, starting with…
Pray Psalm 98.
This psalm celebrates the great salvation of our Lord. Let it lead you to praise God for all the ways He is making all things new in your life.
Sing to the Lord.
Psalm 98 (Duke Street: Come, Let Us Sing unto the Lord)
Come, let us sing unto the Lord new songs of praise with one accord!
Wonderful things our God has done: Jesus has our salvation won!
Now is God’s saving mercy known; His glory to the world is shown.
Faithful and kind is God our Lord; earth has the Name of Jesus heard.
Raise to the Lord your loudest voice! Break forth and sing! Rejoice! Rejoice!
Praise, praise to You our God and King, with all our hearts and strength we bring!
Now let the whole creation ‘round burst into song with joyous sound!
Jesus will come to judge the earth; let all proclaim His matchless worth!
T. M. Moore
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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. All psalms for singing adapted from The Ailbe Psalter. All quotations from Church Fathers from Ancient Christian Commentary Series, General Editor Thomas C. Oden (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2006).All psalms for singing are from The Ailbe Psalter (available by clicking here).