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“The Glorious New Creation / Worship in the New Creation”
Isaiah 65:17-21, 23-25, June 23, 2013
(Click here for WORD document: The Glorious New Creation Sunday School Lesson, or imply click the print button below. Enjoy!)
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth and everything He created was good (Gen. 1). Good enough to go on as He made it to. Good enough to live in and support life. It was good! It was excellent! It was the way God purposed everything to be!
Then, sin entered in and too good became bad and the beauty turned ugly. The Bible declares, “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain,” (Rom. 8:22, KJV). Creation is tired of sin. It wants things back to the status of being “good.” It wants to enjoy the way it was created in the beginning.
Isaiah’s message of hope brings assurance that one day creation will get its wish. There is coming a day when the curse of humanity’s sin will be lifted and “all things become new,” (2 Cor. 5:17, KJV).
Isaiah 65:17 “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.”
“Behold, I.” As He did in the beginning so He does again. God is identifying Himself as the one who will once again “create.” Six times in today’s lesson God says, “I.” In using “I,” He is stating what humanity has failed to realize: It’s all about Him! God is saying this is what’s going to be done by Me.
Three of those “I’s” that were spoken had to do with “create”: “I create new heaven and a new earth,” “Be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create,” and “I create Jerusalem a rejoicing.” The other of these “I” statements are the “I will’s”: “I will rejoice in Jerusalem,” “I will answer,” and “I will hear.” All are prominent promises that will play out in our glorious future to come.
Since God has clearly identified Himself as the One in charge of all that’s going to take place, let’s take a closer look into what He is going to bring to pass.
“Behold, I create new heavens and a new earth.” This is no strange concept for the Christian. As a matter of fact, it’s what we’re banking on. It’s what we’re looking for. “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness,” (2 Pet. 3:13, KJV). It is what we have been holding onto and “being fully persuaded, that what he had promised, he was able also to perform,” (Rom. 4:21, KJV).
The promise here is a “new heaven and a new earth.” In Revelation 21:1, through the vision of John, we see the completion of that promise that currently seems so far off. What I like about this particular portion of Scripture is the promise is “new.” Not re-created, not refurbished, but “new.” When it comes to full fruition of its appearing as prophesied in Revelation, it’s something that just at that time is brought into existence and manifested. Never has it been tread upon. Never has it been soiled. It can be compared to no other because it is “new.”
“And the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.” The beauty, the pureness and the holiness of this new place will usurp any preconceived notions or ideas we may have had regarding it. It’s going to be so glorious that we couldn’t “remember” what we left behind even if we wanted to. The wording in the language used here reminds us of what the Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 5:17 in regard to our own personal newness of salvation we have in Christ. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new,” (KJV, see also a beautiful poem titled “Broken Mirror” for futher encouragement of this verse). New creatures need a new habitat. Some place that’s not like the old world they left behind.
Isaiah 65:18 “But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.”
“But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create.” This will be a time of eternal jubilation. Let’s face it, with promises such as “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away,” (Rev. 21:4, KJV), how can one not find that this place is a place to “rejoice for ever?” “For ever,” can you imagine? An eternity that looks nothing like what we see today will be ours. I hardly watch the news anymore because all I see is sin, sadness and the desperation of humanity. “But” since all that stuff will pass away, there you and I can “rejoice for ever.” That’s something to be “glad” about.
Isaiah 65:19 “And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.”
“I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people.” At the time of Isaiah’s prophecy, Jerusalem was not on God’s nice list. All the judgments that Isaiah had to prophesy against His “people” leaves a record that God was not too pleased with them.
As it was with Jerusalem so it is with us. God is not pleased when it’s our own ways and vices we choose to follow. Like Jerusalem also, all sin brings with it judgment such as the ones Isaiah prophesied about. But God Himself is looking forward to that day more than we when He can finally experience that uninterrupted love relationship with man He sought in the beginning. This puts Him in the position to “rejoice.”
The Bible says, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him,” (1 Cor. 2:9, KJV). We cannot begin to fathom what’s awaiting us there. We can read about it all we want, but God knows what’s in store for those “that love him.” Oh my, He can’t wait to take “joy in my people” there. I’m getting excited and can’t wait either.
“And the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.” It’s not that one will have to stop their ears to prevent from hearing weeping and crying, it’s that it doesn’t exist there! “Weeping and crying” come from sin, sadness, pain and mourning. But, in that glorious “new heaven and new earth” nothing that causes those sorrowful emotions exist – they won’t enter into that place. “And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life,” (Rev. 21:27, KJV). Nothing that brings tears to your eyes will be allowed. The only people that are going to be there with the Lord are people who are saved and written “in the Lamb’s book of life.” (This would be a great time to present the case for salvation to your students).
Isaiah 65:20 “There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.”
There are a lot of interpretation and opinions of what these next three verses mean, so instead of picking my way through them I prefer to focus on the promise in them.
Every time I read through Genesis and see the lifespan of some of the individuals in it, it boggles my mind: Adam (930 years old, Gen. 5:5); Seth (912 years old, Gen. 5:8); Enosh (905 years old, Gen. 5:11); Cainan (910 years old, Gen. 5:14); Mahalalel (895 years old, Gen. 5:17); Jared (962 years old, Gen. 5:20); Enoch (365 years old, Gen. 5:24); Methuselah (969 years old, Gen. 5:27); Lamech (777 years old, Gen. 5:31); and Noah (950 years old, Gen. 9:29). Wow! The lowest number was 365 years by Enoch and that was only because God took him, Genesis 5:24.
So, what we see is God’s promise of the future is things reverting back to the way they were supposed to be. “Infant” mortality will not be the norm. A life that “hath not filled his days” will not be the norm.
Isaiah 65:21 “And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.”
“They shall build . . . and inhabit – they shall plant . . . and eat.” Everything you put your hands to do there shall prosper. Is this not what we see in the promise of Psalm 1? “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper,” (vs. 3, KJV). Nothing we put our hands to do will fail or fall through the cracks. The next verse reiterate this point so well.
Isaiah 65:23 “They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.”
“They shall not labour in vain.” All that we put our hands to do will pay off! God’s people work, but they prosper in their work! Job 36:11 declares, “If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures!” (KJV). “And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it!” (Ps. 90:17, KJV). Prosperous! Established! It’s “not” in “vain!”
“For they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.” The Bible tells us how blessed was Abraham in his relationship with God and how his seed was blessed. God promised, “I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed,” (Gen. 12:2-3, KJV). In the N.T., as Christians we are told that we are “the seed” of Abraham. “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise,” (Gal. 3:29, KJV). We are part of that “seed of the blessed of the LORD,” inheritors of all that God has promised to His people.
Isaiah 65:24 “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.”
“Before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” Oh, to be such close proximity of God, in relationship and in presence, that the lips don’t have to utter the prayers He already hears. This fallen world of sin separates the communication between God and man. But, under this “new” the old rules, the old order of things don’t exist anymore. Reconciliation and healing has permanently taken place between God and man. As a result, that heavenly Father/child relationship He sought in the garden before the need to hide behind leaves, that which was previously torn, has now become whole.
Isaiah 65:25 “The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.”
“The wolf and the lamb.” Natural adversaries are made to be at peace with one another (see also Isaiah 11).
“The lion shall eat straw” is the result of the promise of the rest of this verse where it states “they shall not hurt or destroy in my holy mountain.” No more will they seek to have appetites satisfied at the expense of another creature, because God’s “holy mountain” is a place of refuge for man and beast.
Below you will find resources to help you reinforce this week’s lesson. Enjoy!
Draw the Scene: The Glorious New Creation Draw the Scene
Our Heaven/Verse Coloring Sheet: PDF Heaven Coloring Sheet (Using the idea to paint with Q-tips found on Pinterest and my heaven/verse coloring sheet, I made this creation below. Gives a break from crayons and adds a new dimension to your students projects (you still may want to do the verse itself with crayons/markers/colored pencils because it’s a little difficult with Q-tips). What a fun way to do a coloring sheet! For stability and a splash of additional color, I first glued the coloring sheet to construction paper, but cardstock works great too. Enjoy!)
Here’s another great idea to use our Our Heaven/Verse Coloring Sheet: PDF Heaven Coloring Sheet. Simply print out on cardstock this time (I don’t suggest construction paper because the first time I did it, it leaked through). Color the verse with markers/crayons/colored pencils. This time instead of using paint, we’re going to use salt/glue/food coloring/water/paintbrush. Huh??? Oh, yeah! Your students are going to get a kick out of this new way to color a sheet. Thank you JugglingwithKids.com/pinterest for this amazing idea. Below is a sample one I did. (Don’t forget, pour extra salt into a ziploc bag and mark as crafting salt, and use for future projects.) Enjoy!
Heaven Mobile: Using the PDF: Heaven Mobile Page 1 and the PDF: Mobile Heaven Page 2 any student would love to make their own mobile of heaven. They can color the main page 1 and attach the clouds using string. In the clouds, students can let their imaginations go and draw pictures about heaven: what are they looking forwards to, what do they expect to see there, what are some of God’s promises there, etc. (Don’t forget, cardstock is best when doing this project). Below is a sample. Enjoy!
“New Heaven and New Earth” Coloring and Activities from Calvary Curriculum
“Heaven” Ideas/Lesson from Ministry to Children
“Heaven” Ideas from Mssscrafts.com (several great ideas to choose from)
“Heaven” Ideas from DLTK (several great ideas to choose from including the two pictured below):
“Heaven is God’s Home” Coloring Page from Lessons4sundayschool.com
“Heaven, Revelation 21″ Coloring Page from Calvarywilliamsport
“Heaven” Coloring Page from Hellokids.com
More to Choose From:
“Isaiah Powerpoint” from Bibleforchildren.org
“Isaiah Coloring Book” from Bibleforchildren.org
“Isaiah Coloring Sheet” from Coloringpages7.com
“W is for Worship” Coloring Page from Ministery to Children
“Family Worship” Coloring Page located at Avirtuouswoman.org
“I Worship God!” Coloring Page from Lessons4sundayschool.com
“Worship” Coloring Page from Supercoloring.com
“Worshiping On The Knees” Coloring Page from Supercoloring.com
- Sunday School Lesson “Sing and Shout!” Isaiah 12:1-6 (wordforlifesays.com)
- Sunday School Lesson “Holy, Holy, Holy” Isaiah 6:1-8 (wordforlifesays.com)
- Sunday School Lesson “The Hope of His Coming” 2 Peter 3:3-15a (wordforlifesays.com)
- Sunday School Lesson “Equipped for Godliness” 2 Peter 1:3-14, May 12, 2013 (wordforlifesays.com)
- “It’s All About Him!” (wordforlifesays.com)