by David Couchman
In Genesis chapter 22, verses 1-19, there is a strange story where God tells Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. Please read this story before you go any further, as the rest of this article will make much more sense once you have read it.
To our eyes, this is a bizarre story. What is going on? Child sacrifice is something barbaric and primitive. It is even something that God commanded the Israelites not to do. So we read this story with surprise. Surely God is not like that!
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And He that sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” (Rev. 21:5)
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind had conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him” (I Cor 2:9).
The Greek word translated new in Rev 21:5 can also mean renewed or restored, and includes circumstances and conditions along with appearance. It’s the same word used in Rev 21:1 referring to a new heaven and a new earth. And Rev. 21:1 is a reference to Isaiah 65:17 where new heavens and a new earth are also mentioned, along with one of the better descriptions of life in Israel during the Millennium. The Hebrew word for new in Isaiah 65:17 comes from a root meaning to rebuild, renew, or repair.