It’s time for a new thing!

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This isn’t a variation on the same old thing. This is new, brand–new, something you’d never guess or dream up. When you hear this you won’t be able to say,‘ I knew that all along.’ 8 You’ve never been good listeners to me. You have a history of ignoring me, A sorry track record of fickle attachments—rebels from the womb. 9 But out of the sheer goodness of my heart, because of who I am, I keep a tight rein on my anger and hold my temper. I don’t wash my hands of you. 10 Do you see what I’ve done? I’ve refined you, but not without fire. I’ve tested you like silver in the furnace of affliction.11 Out of myself, simply because of who I am, I do what I do. I have my reputation to keep up. I’m not playing second fiddle to either gods or people.  12 “Listen, Jacob. Listen, Israel—I’m the One who named you! I’m the One. I got things started and, yes, I’ll wrap them up. 13 Earth is my work, handmade. And the skies—I made them, too, horizon to horizon. When I speak, they’re on their feet, at attention.  14 “Come everybody, gather around, listen: Who among the gods has delivered the news? I, God, love this man Cyrus, and I’m using him I, God, love this man Cyrus, and I’m using  him to do what I want with Babylon. 15 I, yes I, have spoken. I’ve called him. I’ve brought him here. He’ll be successful. 16 Come close, listen carefully: I’ve never kept secrets from you. I’ve always been present with you.” 

Isaiah 48:7 – 16 | MSG

1 – Not renewed but brand-new.

2 – Not from you but from God.

3 –  Not because of you but because of God.

4 – Not for you but for Him.

5 – Not later but now.

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