A Truly New Thing
“How long will you gad about, O you backsliding daughter? For the Lord has created a new thing in the earth — A woman shall encompass a man.” (Jeremiah 31:22 NKJV)
Thousands of years have passed since the wisest man said: “There is no new thing under the sun” (Eccl 1:9). Perhaps we can blame the Law of Attrition that applies to everything and states that all systems deteriorate eventually, and at rates based on a combination of added effects involving many causes.
But the fact remains that God did create a new thing on earth. Because only God is the Creator of all things, this new thing would also be something He would produce.
It seems as if God had completed, or paused, His original creation work long ago (Gen 2:1-3), which included giving His creatures the ability to reproduce.
But, because of man’s rebellion, God would soon begin His amazing work of reconciliation. That work included this ancient promise that “the woman’s seed” (Gen 3:15) would be born someday to accomplish this great work.
Since all normal reproduction requires a male seed, God producing His Son in a virgin would be a new thing requiring a miracle at the appropriate time.
Many years after God’s promise, Isaiah prophesied: “the virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel,” the “Mighty God,” who would establish His kingdom “with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever” (Isa 7:14; 9:6-7).
After Isaiah, Jeremiah reminded the forgetful people of his day that same great promise (today’s text): And God used His mighty power to create a “new thing,” a perfect human, in the womb of this specially chosen virgin.
Then, Mary encompassed that “holy thing” (Luke 1:35) with her warmth and love for those nine long months growing in her womb. And, when the fullness of time had come, “God sent forth his Son, made of a woman” (Gal 4:4) to “save his people from their sins” (Matt 1:21).
One day, my friends, we will stand in the Holy City, New Jerusalem, and watch as the Word of God – made flesh – shall again create a new world that His faithful servants will enjoy throughout eternity. I hope to meet you there!