New Heavens and a New Earth (Isaiah 65:17 – 25)

Scripture Text:

Isaiah 65:17 – 25

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1. Who is the oldest person you have ever known? What insight into life did you pick up from him or her?

2. As a child, how did you picture what heaven must be like?

3. What emotion will typify the relationship of the restored people to God? Of God to them? What accounts for this new state of affairs?

4. What will life be like when the exiles are freed? What is the reality that lies behind each figure of speech?

5. What promises, echoed elsewhere in Isaiah, are summed up in this section (see Isaiah 2:4; Isaiah 11:6 – 9; Isaiah 14:1; Isaiah 30:19; Isaiah 32:18)?

6. HOw does the account of the creation and fall figure as background to this passage? What do we learn here about God’s purposes and plans?

7. How does this new creation come into being for us (see 2 Corinthians 5:17)? What will be the impact of this truth on our lifestyle (see 2 Peter 3:11 – 13)? What does this vision ultimately mean to us (see Revelation 21:1 – 5)?

8. Which of these New Testament applications of this heavenly vision especially strikes you now? Why?

9. Try to picture your life without any of the causes or results of grief, sin and pain. What would that free you to do? How might this vision of what God will bring about affect the way you deal with the struggles you face now?

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