Mar 23, 2019
There’s something about newness that appeals to all of us. Who doesn’t love that new-car smell or enjoy seeing a newly released movie you’ve been dying to see? And while some of us don’t mind the status quo or business as usual, most of us would prefer the new-and-improved over the tried-and-true every time. And in the 43rd chapter of Isaiah, verses 14-28, God is going to tell the people of Judah about something new He is going to do. They were mired in their same old habits of sin and rebellion. As a result, they were suffering the righteous judgment of God. In other words, they were going through the same old thing their ancestors had experienced. It was a case of déjà vu. But God was letting them know that He had plans in store for them that they would never have guessed. He was going to do something new. This merry-go-round of sin, rebellion, judgment, and restoration was going to one day come to an end. Their treadmill-like existence, running fast but never getting anywhere, was about to be replaced with something new and exciting. Something they didn’t deserve, couldn’t earn, and would hardly believe when it happened.