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The Narrow Way And The Broad Way; The Lord's New Thing In The Wilderness For The Chosen (part 3)

The Lord’s “New Thing” In The Wilderness For The Chosen


Isaiah 43:18-21This is one more confirmation that the final outpouring of the Holy Spirit will not be in the “highly-populated” churches, but in the “wilderness” places, the current uninhabited, desolate places. As it was the first time Christ came, the forerunner ministry like John’s is crying outside of the highly structured, corrupt religious system of our day.

18 "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.

19 See, I am doing a new thing [2319]! Now it springs up [6770- “to sprout, to spring up, to grow up”]; do you not perceive it? I am making a way [1870- “a road, a journey, a manner, a habit, a course of life”] in the desert [4057- “a wilderness, uninhabited land”] and streams [5104- “a stream, a river”] in the wasteland [3452- “a waste, a wilderness, a desert, a desolate place”].

20 The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the desert [4057] and streams in the wasteland [3452], to give drink to my people, my chosen [972- “select, a choice one, a chosen one, elect (of God)”], [This is the way of the “few” chosen ones among the “called”; Matthew 7:13-14, Luke 13:22-30]

21 the people I formed [3335- “to form, to fashion, to frame”] for myself that they may proclaim my praise.

NIV


OT:2319 chadash (khaw-dawsh')

(Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

from OT:2318; new:

KJV - fresh, new thing.

(Brown Driver Briggs Hebrew Lexicon)

new, a new thing, fresh

OT:2319


chadash [OT:2319] – “new; renewed.” This adjective appears 53 times in biblical Hebrew.

Chadash means “new” both in the sense of recent or fresh (as the opposite of old) and in the sense of something not previously existing. The first nuance appears in Lev. 23:16: “Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the Lord.” The first biblical occurrence of chadash (Exodus 1:8) demonstrates the second meaning: “Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.” This second nuance occurs in Isaiah's discussion of the future salvation. For example, in Isaiah 42:10 a new saving act of God will bring forth a new song of praise to Him: “Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth....” The Psalter uses the phrase “a new song” in this sense; a new saving act of God has occurred and a song responding to that act celebrates it. The “new” is often contrasted to the former: “Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them” (Isaiah 42:9). Jeremiah 31:31-34 employs this same nuance speaking of the new covenant (cf. Ezekiel 11:19; 18:31).

A unique meaning appears in Lamentations 3:23, where chadash appears to mean “renewed”; just as God's creation is renewed and refreshed, so is His compassion and loving-kindness: “They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” This nuance is more closely related to the verb from which this word is derived.

(from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)



The following insight is from the Bent Double Bible study;

The New Thing


The Greek for “erect” in Luke 13:13 is “anorthoo.” It means “to straighten up, to set up, to rear again, to build anew.” I see another reference within this passage of the “new thing” referred to in a few different passages of Scripture within both Old and New Testaments. In Isaiah 48 the Lord is rebuking His people for their stubbornness and unwillingness to listen and obey Him. He says in verses 6-7, “From now on I will tell you of new things, of hidden things unknown to you. They are created now, and not long ago; you have not heard of them before today. So you cannot say, ‘Yes, I knew of them.’ This is the word of the Lord I’m declaring to you right now.” [see the Bible study Rebuilding The Fallen Tabernacle Of David.]

He is doing a new thing in our day. We have not known these things before. To keep us dependent upon the Lord, they have never been revealed. It just wasn’t time. The Holy Spirit is revealing hidden things unknown to us. The pride of most in the church will say they already know what will happen in the end. Their doctrines spell out what will occur. The problem is we didn’t yet have that information from God. It wasn’t time for us to know. While we were sleeping, Satan crept into our assemblies with his own doctrines that we readily accepted as truth. 1 Peter 1:5 clearly states that God has a “salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” To those with ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the church, that time is now (see the article Last Time Salvation).

The word “revealed” comes from the Greek word apokalupto. It is defined as “to uncover, to lay open what has been veiled or covered up, to make known, to disclose what before was unknown.” The Lord is making known in this “last time” His way of escape for the final deliverance of His people. It will test all of our hearts (see the Bible study Swept Away Or Snatched Away). We have never gone this way before (Joshua 3:4).

If you arrogantly turn away from this truth and are unwilling to listen and repent if necessary, believing you have peace and safety even though you have neither, you will perish. The Lord said to apostate Israel in Isaiah 48:9, “For my own name's sake I delay my wrath; for the sake of my praise I hold it back from you, so as not to cut you off.” This is the ONLY reason He has not already poured out His wrath on the church within our nation. He will not hold back forever though. I see a large black cloud quickly approaching our land. It will bring down things we never thought possible on our soil (see the Bible study Washington’s Vision And God’s Judgment Of The Powerful).



Other “New Thing” verses


Isaiah 42:9The Lord declares “new things” to us before they happen.

9 "Behold, the former things [7223- “former, chief, first, preceding”] have come to pass, Now I declare new things [2319]; Before they spring forth [6779- “to sprout, to spring up, to grow up”] I proclaim them to you."

NASU



Isaiah 48:3-7In His rebuke to the children of Israel, the Lord states that, in the past, He foretold what He was going to do, before it came into being, so that they could not say that it was their idols who did these things. But, He said, from now on He would tell them of “new things, of hidden things” unknown to them. He had not told them about these things before. They were “created now, and not long ago.” These were “new things” that they had never heard of before so that they couldn’t say, “Yes, I knew of them.” The Lord is revealing “new things” to us today too. No one can say that they have heard of these things before, that our doctrines know all things already, whether they be former or future. It checks our pride, from condescendingly saying that we’ve already heard this before. It also keeps us from an independent spirit, looking to Him for guidance and direction in all things, in particular at the end of this age.

3 I foretold the former things long ago, my mouth announced them and I made them known; then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.

4 For I knew how stubborn you were; the sinews of your neck were iron, your forehead was bronze.

5 Therefore I told you these things long ago; before they happened I announced them to you so that you could not say, 'My idols did them; my wooden image and metal god ordained them.'

6 You have heard these things; look at them all. Will you not admit them? "From now on I will tell you of new things [2319], of hidden things [5341- “to watch, to guard, to keep”] unknown to you.

7 They are created now, and not long ago; you have not heard of them before today. So you cannot say, 'Yes, I knew of them.'

NIV



Isaiah 65:17One day, when the new heavens and earth are created, the former things will be gone from our memories.

17 "For behold, I create new [2319] heavens and a new [2319] earth; And the former things will not be remembered or come to mind.

NASU



Revelation 20:14-21:5In this passage from the last book of the Bible, we see the former things, the first things being destroyed and “all things” being made new. This is good news for those who have been abused, for instance, in this life to have that horrific memory removed. The things that have caused great sorrow on earth will have once and for all been removed. John also says that he actually saw the new heavens and the new earth, as well as the new Jerusalem, “coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.”

14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire [see the Bible study The Second Death].

15 And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

1 Then I saw a new [2537] heaven and a new [2537] earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.

2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready [2090- “to make ready, the act of preparing, readiness”] as a bride adorned for her husband.

3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,

4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away."

5 And He who sits on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new [2537]." And He said, "Write, for these words are faithful and true."

NASU


NT:2537 kainos (kahee-nos')

(Strong’s Exhaustive Comcordance)

of uncertain affinity; new (especially in freshness; while NT:3501 is properly so with respect to age:

KJV - new.

(Thayer’s Greek Lexicon)

new,

a. as respects form; recently made, fresh, recent, unused, unworn (Matthew 9:11)

b. as respects substance; of a new kind; unprecedented, novel, uncommon, unheard of


kainos [NT:2537] – denotes "new," of that which is unaccustomed or unused, not "new" in time, recent, but "new" as to form or quality, of different nature from what is contrasted as old. "'The new tongues,' kainos, of Mark 16:17 are the 'other tongues,' heteros, of Acts 2:4. These languages, however, were 'new' and 'different,' not in the sense that they had never been heard before, or that they were new to the hearers, for it is plain from v. 8 that this is not the case; they were new languages to the speakers, different from those in which they were accustomed to speak.

"The new things that the Gospel brings for present obedience and realization are: a new covenant, (Matthew 26:28) in some texts; a new commandment, (John 13:34); a new creative act, (Galatians 6:15); a new creation, (2 Corinthians 5:17); a new man, i. e., a new character of manhood, spiritual and moral, after the pattern of Christ, (Ephesians 4:24); a new man, i. e., 'the Church which is His (Christ's) body,' (Ephesians 2:15).

"The new things that are to be received and enjoyed hereafter are: a new name, the believer's, (Revelation 2:17); a new name, the Lord's, (Revelation 3:12); a new song, (Revelation 5:9); a new Heaven and a new Earth, (Revelation 21:1); the new Jerusalem, (Revelation 3:12; 21:2); 'And He that sitteth on the Throne said, Behold, I make all things new,' (Revelation 21:5)"

From Notes on Galatians, by Hogg and Vine pp. 337, 338;

Kainos is translated "fresh" in the RV of Matthew 9:17; Mark 2:22 (in the best texts) and Luke 5:38, of wineskins. Cf. kainotes, "newness".

(from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)



2 Corinthians 5:11In Christ we are a new creature. Original sin, from the beginning, is forgiven because of Christ’ acceptable sacrifice at Calvary, thereby granting us an unprecedented, fresh start.

17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new [2537] creature; the old things [744- “original, ancient, that has been from the beginning”] passed away; behold, new [2537] things have come.

NASU



Romans 6:1-4

1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?

2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?

3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?

4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness [2538] of life.

NASU


NT:2538 kainotes (kahee-not'-ace)

(Strong’s Exhaustive Comcordance)

from NT:2537; renewal (figuratively):

KJV - newness.

(Thayer’s Greek Lexicon)

newness


kainotes [NT:2538] – akin to kainos, is used in the phrases (a) "newness of life," (Romans 6:4), i. e., life of a new quality (see NEW, No. 1); the believer, being a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17), is to behave himself consistently with this in contrast to his former manner of life; (b) "newness of the spirit," RV, (Romans 7:6), said of the believer's manner of serving the Lord. While the phrase stands for the new life of the quickened spirit of the believer, it is impossible to dissociate this (in an objective sense) from the operation of the Holy Spirit, by whose power the service is rendered.

(from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)



Romans 7:4-6Paul states that by joining ourselves to Christ we are released from the law which arouses our sinful passions. Because of this we are able to serve God in a “new way,” in “newness” of the Spirit.

4 So, my brothers, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit to God.

5 For when we were controlled by the sinful nature, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in our bodies, so that we bore fruit for death.

6 But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way [2538] of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.

NIV

Romans 7:4-6

4 Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.

5 For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death.

6 But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness [2538] of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.

NASU



(This is from My Journal Of Healing on July 17, 2023)


Proverbs 10:17

17 He is on the path [734- “a well-trodden road”] of life [2416- “living, alive, flowing, fresh, revival, renewal”] who heeds [8104- “to keep (within bounds), to guard, to observe”] instruction [4148- “discipline, chastening, correction”], but he who ignores [5800- “to leave, forsake, abandon, to depart from, to loose”] reproof [8433- “rebuke, correction”] goes astray [8582- “to err, to wander, to stagger, to mislead”].

NASU


Proverbs 10:24

24 What the wicked fears will come upon him, but the desire [8378- “a longing, a thing or object of desire”] of the righteous [6662- “just, lawful”] will be granted [5414- “to deliver, give, to make, to be put upon”].

NASU


Tonight, I was led to these two passages in Proverbs. The emphasis from the Lord is to not stray from His path of life, but to remain vigilant in guarding my heart, heeding [“to keep (within bounds), to guard, to observe”] His instruction [“discipline, chastening, correction”]. As I follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, I feel the path narrowing more and more around me, allowing less and less room for my flesh to operate, thereby keeping me close within the Way of life. Jesus taught us about this way, saying;


“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

(Matthew 7:13-14/NASU)


It is only as we remain in this confining place that we can enter into the glorious freedom of immortality in Christ. Our flesh desires to jump the fence of the Spirit’s training in the Lord’s corral, but we MUST submit to Him. The only other option is the broad-way of disobedience that leads to destruction.

One day while Jesus was teaching His disciples, someone said to Him;


“‘Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?’ And He said to them, ‘Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.’”

(Luke 13:23-24/NASU)


The Greek word interpreted in English as “strive” is agonizomai (ag-o-nid'-zom-ahee). It’s defined as “to struggle, to contend (with adversaries), to fight, to enter a contest, to endeavor with strenuous zeal.” For anyone who genuinely desires to answer the call, it’s a strenuous fight to enter through the small gate and the narrow way that leads into eternal life. Like the caterpillar that turns into a butterfly, it’s the transforming power in the constraining cocoon of God’s dealings through which we are transformed.

Jesus continued with His teaching, saying that the reason those who sought to enter but were unable to was because they were “evildoers” that would be, in fact, “thrown out” of His kingdom (Luke 13:28). Thayer’s Greek Lexicon describes an evildoer in God’s kingdom, or as some interpretations say, those who are “workers of iniquity,” as a perpetrator who continues in “a deed violating law and justice; an act of unrighteousness.” After turning to the Lord, they continue in their crime against the laws of God without repentance, spreading their evil-doing way (i.e. rebellion) like a virus in His body (Hebrews 10:26-31). In the end, it will cost them their place at the Lord’s table. They will be cast out into the outer darkness, “in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 8:12)

As the Lord is strongly impressing upon me, because I need it, I cannot continue with an inclination towards sin, desiring to continue in wickedness of any sort, and expect to joyfully enter into His presence. This is why there are “few who find it.” While in this “body of death,” as Paul referred to it (Romans 7:24), it is one continuous fight to enter through the narrow door. But the promise from the Lord is that if we will stand firm until the end, we will be saved (Matthew 10:22, 24:13). This is why the Holy Spirit is sent to us after we turn in repentance to Christ. Without His help, we cannot do it. But with Him, all things are possible. But you better understand that it will not be without an all-out war with the world, the flesh, and the devil. This is why we need to “count to cost.” (Luke 14:25-35)

The more I draw near to the Lord, the less I feel at home in the world. Thank-you, Lord, for guiding me to Yourself in the way I should go, for revealing to me the narrow-way to “the other side.” As I obediently submit to Your instruction, You will grant my desire for healing and anointing, that I might be numbered among the “few who find it.” And, that I might then be able to show others the way in.




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