The God of New Beginnings

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Genesis 1: God made a new world in 6 days. On the 7th, his work being finished, he sat down–showing us that we may rest in Him, the author and finisher of faith. He created days to begin in the evening and move into the new morning (light).

Genesis 3: God seeks the fallen Adam and Eve, provides atonement and promises a new deliverance in the face of a new curse (v. 15). If God does this for those who brought sin into the world, would he not do it for you?

Genesis 8: God provides a rainbow after the flood — we usually see destruction. God saw another chance. So it is with all his “judgements.” He takes away, only so that he may renew.

Genesis 12-26: God leads Abraham to a new land. God renews his covenant with Abraham several times, because God is one who provides renewal and strength to the doubting and weak (Heb. 6:14-20).

Genesis 30-50: God does a new thing by blessing the younger and those of faith, instead of the traditional older brother and/or “entitled.”

Exodus 1-4: God gave a new commission to an old, self-doubting murderer, Moses.

Exodus 1-4 — Deuteronomy: God delivers a new nation (Israel) out of the old (Egypt), and he brings them into a new land and preserved their shoes and clothes “like new” (Deuteronomy 8:4; 29:5).

Exodus 20: God makes a (new) covenant with his chosen nation, Israel to establish them as a new nation, his chosen instrument to bring about the Serpent Crusher of Gen. 3:15.

Exodus 32, Deut. 5: God renews his covenant with a wayward people and sets the choice of blessing before them.

Leviticus, Numbers: God creates a new ceremonial law, which highlights the new moons, the new seasons, the new year; and that, these are cause for celebration. With new moons, or months, the people of Israel celebrated with feasts and blew trumpets in tribute to what God had done the past period of time and also in anticipation of the future direction. He would lead them on season after season. (Ps. 81:3).

Deuteronomy-Joshua: God brings a new, faith-filled generation into the Promised Land.

Joshua–1 Samuel: To a people stuck in a rut of failure and rebellion, who did what was right in their own eyes, and who were betrayed by King Saul; God gave a new king (David) — one who was after God’s own heart.

Samuel and Kings: God established a new temple of worship under Solomon. God renewed the kingdom time and again, when his people repented.

2 Chronicles 33: The most wicked King of Israel–Menasseh–while in captivity, repents and humbles himself before God, puts away witchcraft, child sacrifice, and idol worship; and the God of new beginnings forgives his sins and restores him to the throne in Israel.

Prophets: God would raise up new prophets. Ex. Through Elijah, God made new rains fall on the earth after 3 years of drought. When the people turned their hearts to God, he showed them mercy and favor.

With the sun in the morning, our Lord says that His mercies are made new. (Lam. 3:22, 23).

We are commanded in the Bible to sing, unto the Lord, a new song; and why? – In Isaiah 43:18ff God preserved in His word a Prophecy of Christ that says, “Do not remember the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth, shall you not know it?”

And also in Is. 62:2, “You shall be called by a new name” because, (Jer. 31:31ff) “… I will make a new covenant.”

Ezra & Nehemiah: God made the city of Jerusalem new through his chosen men, after the city was destroyed because of Israel’s disobedience.

The new covenant is: (Ez. 11:19) “I will put a new spirit within you.” – the Holy Spirit. And so, a new testament is given to us in Christ (Heb. 9:15).

What does the new covenant look like?

When Christ Jesus died, he died for our sins and was raised for our justification in God’s sight (Romans 4:24-25). He was raised up in new life, so that we might be reconciled to God, be adopted as God’s children and become partakers of His divine nature (1 John 1:12-13; Romans 6, 8; 2 Peter 1).

Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. (2 Cor. 5:16-19 NASB)

When the Apostles doubted Christ and scattered, the risen Christ restored them and commissioned them anew! (John 21; Matthew 28:19-20)

When Saul of Tarsus killed God’s people. God took away his physical sight, so that it might be made into new spiritual sight (and he recovered his physical sight). Thereafter, Saul believed, and he was known as Paul (Acts 9).

It was Paul who boldly stated, “forgetting those things which are behind, I press toward the mark of a heavenward calling in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3). He was wanting to live in such a way so as to match up to his own resurrected self, made new like Christ.

A new commandment is given unto us: to have love one to another even as Christ has loved us (John 13:34), for we who are saved have a new and living way by Christ Jesus (Heb. 10:20).

We Christians look for a new heaven and new earth according to Rev. 21:1; II Pet. 3:13.

Our God says, ‘behold I make all things new.” (Rev. 21:5)

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