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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Hope of Heaven

Today at lunch, the kids were discussing the New Heaven and the New Earth.

Hope told her brothers and sister, "Dad says that in the New Earth that God will make, little children will be able to reach into a nest of rattlesnakes."
"What?"
"Right! The lion will lie down with the lamb. Animals won't be our enemies. We won't have enemies!"
"What will the lions eat?" I asked Hope, feeling a bit mischievous.
"Plants!"
"Oh, of course. God will change everything, won't He?"
"Yes, because there won't be death, so they can't eat other animals."
"But will we be on the New Earth or will we be in the New Heaven?" It was Lane asking.
"We'll be on the New Earth. God made people for the Earth." Hope again, the resident expert on the New Heaven and the New Earth. "God will take us to the New Heaven and we'll stay there while He makes the New Earth. And," she continued, "We won't need cars!"
Lane and Sydney laughed. 
Hope went on, "We won't need cars because we will run without growing weary. We will run everywhere!" She said it with triumph. "We'll have everything that we need."
Sydney chimed in, "We won't need lights because of the Glory of God."
Hope said, "Remember when Jacob slept with his head on the stone? I bet we'll be able to do that on the New Earth. Stones will be comfortable to us."
"We won't have houses. We won't need them." It was Sydney again. "It will be like Eden. We'll sleep under the trees."
"Yeah," said Lane, "But we won't be wearing leaves!"
"No, we'll have clothes," said Hope.
"Don't you think we might have houses?" It was me. "What about when Jesus said, 'In my Father's house are many rooms.'"
The kids looked at me without much of a response.
"Mom?" asked Hope. "Will there be rain?"
"I'm not sure, Hope."

Looking forward to it? For more about children reaching into the viper's nest and lions eating plants, see Isaiah 11. For more about running without growing weary, see Isaiah 40. And for Jesus talking about his Father's house, see John 14:1-3. The New Heaven and New Earth are described in Revelation 21

Isaiah 11: 10-12:
In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious. In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the remnant that is left of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the sea.
He will raise a banner for the nations
and gather the exiles of Israel;
he will assemble the scattered people of Judah
from the four quarters of the earth.

2 comments:

Sharon said...

And the houses won't need dusting, or sweeping.... well, I'm not sure that's biblical, but at least when we work it will be with truly joyful hearts as we are not doing it "by the sweat of our brow" but rather "as unto the Lord" - and we will know Him so well, it will be a delight!

Has Mr Edwards been reading to the girls from Isaiah? Wow! I only read that for the first time (except snippets) a few years ago when I studied it in a night class!

~ Sharon

Mrs. Edwards said...

Mr. Edwards told me that actually, he told her about the lion eating straw, but doesn't remember telling her about the viper's nest. I'm curious myself, because we haven't studied this together. However, she is getting good teaching from my mom, who teaches her Wednesday night AWANA program, and of course there is BSF. I'll see if she remembers how she knows this. She was spot on, don't you think?

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