Day 4: A NEW EARTH
There are many unique parallels between the beginning of the Bible, and the end. The Creation Story in the book of Genesis tells us about the Garden of Eden. It tells us the names of the rivers that surrounded the garden. It tells us that there were many trees in the garden, but two are specifically mentioned – the Tree of Life, and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. As the story unfolds, Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and sin entered the world. With sin came hurt, pain, tears, and ultimately, death.
From that moment on, everything changed. But as the story of the Bible comes to a close, we see that it ends just as it began.
At the end of the book of Revelation, we read about all things becoming new. There’s a new Heaven and a new Earth. There is no more sin, no more tears, no more pain, and most significantly, no more death. There’s also a River of Life, which waters the Tree of Life.
This, of course, doesn’t absolve us of our responsibility to care for and steward over God’s creation. But it does provide a picture of what’s to come. As you read today, consider this: What other similarities may there be between our current world and the world to come?
2 PETER 3:13, REVELATION 21:1-8, REVELATION 22:1-5
What other similarities may there be between our current world and the world to come?
How does your answer to the above question impact the way you see our current world? Be specific.
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Genesis 24
Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method
Heavenly Father, I confess that sometimes it’s hard to see similarities between this current world, and the one which is to come. This world is so full of brokenness, hurt, and fear that it’s hard to imagine a world without it.
Despite this, I know that one similarity between the two worlds is that we can know You here and now in the same way we will know You in the world to come. Help me to see You and know You while I’m working. Help me to see You and know You while I’m resting. Help me to see You and know You when I’m walking. Help me to see You. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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