God unfolds many beginnings with humanity since Genesis 1:1. And He’s not finished.
This side bar is related to the God’s Story Lens: Beginnings series
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HIGHLY SUGGEST READING FIRST: Beginnings within Beginnings [Part 1] and its Part 2 followup.
READING TIME: 2 MINUTES.
Beginnings don’t necessarily mean an ending is around the corner. At least with God. He’s the true Creative who sets in motion a perpetual stream of beginnings.
Since God’s Genesis 1:1 opening that underscores His unfolding redemptive creation story, He’s been birthing new things all the time—and will continue beyond our era, per His sovereign desire.
Here are just a few of His “new beginnings” examples that birthed even more beginnings . . .
GOD CALLS FORTH ABRAM
He makes a covenant with him, changes Abram’s name to Abraham,
forms a people for Himself to carry His truth to the world. —Genesis 17
HE GIVES THE LAW
And He gave to Moses . . . two tablets of the testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God. —Exodus 31:18
MUCH LATER, A FUTURE PROMISE
He’ll write the Law on our circumcised hearts. —Jeremiah 31:33/32
Says, “I am the Lord, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King . . . behold I’m doing a new thing.” —Isaiah 43:19
AND A MESSIANIC PROMISE
Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD,
when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch
and he shall reign as king and deal wisely
and shall execute judgment and justice in the land.
In his days, Judah shall be saved and Israel shall dwell safely,
and this is his name that he shall be called,
The LORD is our righteousness. —Jeremiah 23:5
ANOTHER MESSIANIC PROMISE
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation,
humbled and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey. —Zechariah 9:9
I will give her vineyards
and make the Valley of Achor (trouble) a door of hope . . .
And in that day, declares the Lord,
you will call me ‘My Husband,’
and no longer will you call me ‘My Baal’ (owner/master) . . .
And I will betroth you to me forever.
I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice,
in steadfast love and in mercy.
I will betroth you to me in faithfulness.
And you shall know the Lord.
—Hosea 2:15-16, 19-20
And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth [the dead]
shall awake—some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting reproach and contempt.—Daniel 12:2
(Have you read John 5:28-29? The same promise is given.)
THE “END” OF THIS AGE—NEW BEGINNING, AGAIN
After the 1,000-year Messianic Age, God’s love story is far from over. He’ll create and unfold new things—birthing the coming new heaven, new earth, and new Jerusalem.
For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth,
and the former things shall not be remembered
or come into mind.
But be glad and rejoice forever
in that which I create;
for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy,
and her people to be a gladness.
(Have you read Revelation 21? The same promise is given.)