All things new

Isaiah 43--19

As we close out 2015 and prepare to enter 2015, the Verse of the Day for December 31, 2015 comes from Isaiah 43:16, 18-19 (NLT):

I am the Lord, who opened a way through the waters, making a dry path through the sea. “But forget all that— it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

Isaiah 42:9 makes known the same truth:

Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

Isaiah 48:6 also reminds us that God is continually revealing “new things”:

Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it? I have showed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them.

“To do a thing” means “to work, to do, to make, to fashion, to improvise, to create, to produce.” In discussing the word “new” we find that the Hebrew hadas is translated “new” in the sense of being fresh, recent—in contrast to the old or former. In the New Testament the Greek term kainos translated “new,” relates to that which is “unaccustomed or unused, not “new” in terms of time, or recent but “new” as to the form or quality (sometimes translated “fresh”); e.g. “new tongues” or “new covenant,” “new commandment,” “new creative act—new creation,” or “new man.” To do a new thing is “to redeem, restore, reaffirm, revive, literally, to make new again . . . renew commitment, renew vows,” etc.

Note this expression in 1 Samuel 11:14 (NIV):

Then Samuel said to the people, “Come, let us go to Gilgal and there reaffirm the kingship.”

In Romans 12:1-3 Paul discusses the concept of “the renewing of your mind,” the ongoing process of transformation that takes place in every believer.

Each New Year, thus, represents a new beginning, but this concept is especially noteworthy as we enter 2016. In reflecting upon the concept of “new beginnings,” I thought of the number 8, symbolic of such a “fresh start.” E.W. Bullinger, in his celebrated work, Numbers in Scripture, and in an Appendix to his Companion Bible, makes the following statement regarding this number:

Eight—Denotes resurrection or new beginning or regeneration or commencement. The eighth is a new first. It is the number that has to do with the Lord, who rose on the eighth day or new first day. By the Gematria, Jesus is 888. It or its multiple is seen in all that has to do with the Lord’s names, the Lord’s people, the Lord’s work. In Hebrew the number eight is Sh’moneh, from the root Shah’meyn, “to make fat,” “cover with fat,” “to super-abound.” As a participle it means “one who abounds in strength,” etc. As a noun it is “superabundant fertility,” “oil,” etc. So that as a numeral it is the superabundant number. As seven was so called because the seventh day was the day of completion and rest, so eight, as the eighth day, was over and above this perfect completion, and was indeed the first of a new series, as well as being the eighth. Thus it already represents two numbers in one, the first and eighth.

With the number 16, we note a new beginning which is doubled or established. The new number also follows 15 which is composed of multiples of five, the number of grace, which represents a triple expression of “grace upon grace upon grace.” This year represents another new cycle of a new beginning (8 x 2).

Each New Year represents a new beginning, as God reminds us once again that He makes

All Things New

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.

Isaiah 43:19

Behold, I am the Lord God who makes all things new.
Trust me and you will see. You will never be the same.
As you look to me, it is no secret what I can do.

I am God–I do not lie, I am faithful and true.
Almighty, God of the impossible is my name.
Behold, I am the Lord God who makes all things new.

Some thought it was over, but I am by no means through.
I cover and restore to remove all guilt and shame.
As you look to me, it is no secret what I can do.

Never forget what I have already brought you through.
You have a divine purpose; your life is not a game.
Behold, I am the Lord God who makes all things new.

In me you overcome—I am Lord of the breakthrough
Who offers boundless promises that you can now claim.
As you look to me, it is no secret what I can do.

Trust me, obey and see what I have in store for you.
With your life you will make known my goodness and proclaim:
Behold, I am the Lord God who makes all things new.
As you look to me, it is no secret what I can do.

Steven Curtis Chapman reinforces the message “You Make All Things New”:

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