Sunday School Material 6-23-13: Worship In The New Creation

(Isaiah 65:17-25; 6/23/13)


Introduction:A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that God has plans to replace the heavens and Earth with that which is new. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to be glad and live obediently, in anticipation of the promises of God.

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Body:

Read Isaiah 65:17

I. God’s Promise. In our Sunday School material the Lord declares that He has a creation in mind. He will create new heavens and a new Earth. Furthermore, the old heavens and Earth will not be remembered.

Applications -

- The promises of God. Notice in vs. 17 that the Lord promises to replace the current heavens and Earth with new heavens and a new Earth.

First, we can count on the promises of God. If God says it, we should believe it. Second, our hopes should not be in the world that we see. God has plans to replace it.

Let’s obey God like we believe His promises. Such living should have its hope in God, not in this world (e.g., money, military, relationships, health, etc.) that is scheduled to be replaced.

Read Isaiah 65:18-25

II. God’s Provision. In our Sunday School material the Lord calls for His people to be glad in anticipation of His marvelous plan. The new Jerusalem will be a place of no more weeping. It will be a place of longevity.

It will be a place where people will enjoy the fruit of their labor. God will hear and answer prayers before they are even spoken. It will be a place of peace, says the Lord.

Applications -

- Be glad and rejoice. Notice in vs. 18 that the people of God are instructed to be glad and to rejoice, in anticipation of what the Lord will do.

First, it is within our power to be glad and to rejoice, in spite of the circumstances that we find ourselves in and in spite of how we feel. There are too many sad faces among those who claim to be saved, even in the worship service.

Second, by faith, we have so much to be glad and rejoice about, when we look to the promises of God. Let’s work on being glad and rejoicing about what God promises to do.

This calls for studying His word, so we can know what He promised to do. We also have so much to be glad and rejoice about, when we think about what God is doing and has already done in our lives. 

- Longevity. Notice in vss. 19-20 of our Sunday School material that there is a promise of longevity. There is a blessing in being able to get old. There are too many who do all they can to be younger than they are, instead of thanking God for allowing them to see advance years.

We don’t control the prophetic timeline that is referred to in our text. But we can do practical things to help us with our health and perhaps longevity like exercise, maintain a healthy diet, rest, and go to the doctor as scheduled. Let’s embrace the blessings of longevity.

- Growing and enjoying the fruit of our labor. Notice in vss. 21-23 that there are blessings in being able to work your fields, build your house, and then enjoy the fruit of your hands or labor.

There are too many who have no job and many who don’t want a job. They simply want some money. There are many who work very hard but have nothing to show for it - no field of their own and no home.

And then there are those who work hard all of their lives and when it is time to sit back and enjoy the fruit of their labor, death or some tragedy comes along. Let’s work towards the goal of working to establish our wealth and then enjoying it.

As God handles the issues regarding His promise, we would do well to work on practical matters like gainful employment, profitable businesses, home ownership, investing, estate planning, and the like.

- The source of our resources. Notice in vs. 23 of our Sunday School material that the Lord is the source of blessings. There are too many who behave as if the resources are more important than the source of the resources. But in truth, the source, who is God, is always more important than the resources - work, health, fields, and home.

Let’s behave like God is the source of our resources. This should include enthusiastic worship, obedience to God’s commands to love Him and others, as we love ourselves, and putting Him first, instead of second, third, or somewhere lower in our priorities.

- Prayer. Notice in vs. 24 the promise of prayers being answered before they are even uttered. Some of you who read these notes know that God does this from time to time right now. Prayer is not magic.

We don’t tell God what to do and He does it. We don’t ask Him nicely for bad things and He supplies. God provides what is best for His people, in His own mysterious ways.

However, even when prayer doesn’t change things, the way we want them to be changed, prayer can change us. It can make us feel better. It can help us regain our perspective. Let’s work on our prayer lives.

- Peace. Notice in vs. 25 of our Sunday School material the promise of peace. One way of interpreting this text is that there will be peace, not only among animals, but also among people.

At the rate we are going, in the world, it will take a divine intervention for humanity to get along with one another. Let’s pray and work for more peace in our homes, churches, communities, and world. Jesus taught us in Matthew 5:9, blessed are the peacemakers.

Conclusion: Let’s work on being glad and living obediently, in anticipation of the promises of God. God has much for those who obey His will.

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