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NEW BEGINNINGS

January 2, 2017

Monday

 

Isaiah 43:18-19

 

Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

 

 

LESSON

 

Obviously God did not want His people to forget what He had done for them in the Exodus, but neither did He want them to look back on that event and conclude that it was His only act of redemption or the only method He could use to redeem them. The Exodus exemplified God’s

ability, but it did not set a pattern that He had to follow thereafter.

 

God was going to do a new thing for Israel, something that would appear unexpectedly, like a sprout from barren soil. The Israelites would become aware of it even though they had no knowledge of it at that time. He would do for the captives in Babylon what He had done for their ancestors in Egypt, namely, make a highway for them through the wilderness and provide them with water. Instead of turning a sea into dry land, He would turn the dry land into waterways.

 

The children of Israel had experienced great spiritual blessings throughout their history. From the first Passover, to the crossing of the Red Sea, to the conquering of the Land of Canaan, to the building of the temple, the children of Israel had seen the hand of God at work in and through their lives. Yet their faith in what God had done was doing nothing to deliver them from their present situation. Their old faith was not sufficient enough to deliver them  from their present problems. They needed new faith, a new vision form what God could do. They needed a new portion of the faith that had brought to pass all the victories from before. And so do we.

 

Memory Verse: Genesis 1:1

 

The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it

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