Isaiah 65:17,18 Behold I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy.
Prayer: Lord God, we give thanks for your vision that reached beyond the years of Israel’s exile to a time of recreation.
Thought for the day: When you are blessed of God, you have no need to look over your shoulder with regret.
Genesis 3: 23, 24 So the Lord God banished [Adam] from the Garden of Eden to word the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
Prayer: Lord God, we humbly pray for your mercies when we have departed from your holy presence.
Thought for the day: It is a challenge to walk where Jesus walked, but it is a horror to go where God is not welcome.
Mark 13: 26, 27 At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thought we know no the day or hour of your return, we do beseech you to show us your mercies that day.
Thought for the day: Those who act aright before God can speak under oath without fear.
I Corinthians 15: 50, 51 I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen I tell you a mystery. We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed.
Prayer: Jesus, Son of God, may we your people be prepared to enter into your kingdom.
Thought for the day: When God raised Jesus from the dead, Jesus became the first genetically modify organism (GMO) that was death resistant.
Ezekiel 18:31, 32 Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live.
Prayer: Almighty God, we appeal to you for a new heart and a new spirit that we might live with you.
Thought for the day: God is the very best heart transplant surgeon.
Hebrews 9:15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance – now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, as the mediator of a new covenant we appeal to you to plead for us God’s mercies.
Thought for the day: Who would dare to turn down a pro bono defense lawyer who has never lost a case?
Revelation 21: 1, 2 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, Son of God, the very thought of you’re the new Jerusalem where you will reign thrills all we who believe.
Thought for the day: What would it be like to live in a city that had no potholes, no road construction, and no utility bills?
Outline for ABS
Isaiah 65:17-25 – E-D-E-N
Exile – Judah was exiled for its failure to follow God’s will and heed God’s prophets.
Devastation – Before their very eyes Jerusalem was sacked and the temple was destroyed.
Embrace – Through Isaiah God promised to embrace the remnant of those who were faithful in a new heaven and earth.
New Heaven – Looking beyond the hour of destruction to the end of time Isaiah foresaw one of the most glorious visions of all. He foresaw the coming of the Messiah who would bring a new heaven and earth.
Illustration: Genesis begins with humanity’s expulsion from heaven, and Revelation ends with Jesus’s invitation to join God in a new heaven and earth. Daniel foresaw the Son of Man descend from heaven; Ezekiel foresaw the creation of a new temple, and Isaiah foresaw the coming of a new heaven and earth.