The new heavens and the new Earth will not be a simple reboot: it’s a substantial upgrade, a metamorphosis, even. In the new creation everything will be made new. Some of this we have a tasted of today through Yeshua, including right relationship with God, love and forgiveness, and healing. The new version will never have sin or dysfunction. It will feature the eradication of all evil, sickness, and death, as well as God’s personal presence in the New Jerusalem, with us forever on New Earth. I’m looking forward to it!
Weekly Sabbath Survey
Dysfunctional Earth — 2014
The following is a word definition study. It is an important lesson that opens our understanding to the whole thing about Good and Evil and Earth’s “fallen” condition.
The word used by God after He created the heavens and the earth was ‘tov.’ We call it ‘good.’
But the meaning of this word tov is not just ‘acceptable or useful.’ It is ‘functioning like a
well oiled machine.’ The planets in our solar system, the creation of plants and animals,
EVERYTHING HAD AN ORDER and was working perfectly, it was “tov.” What we call
GOOD, Hebrew calls “functional.”
The word wicked or evil is not the same in Hebrew as our definition in America. Evil and
wickedness to us is Ted Bundy or Hitler. We think wickedness in our religion is worshipping
satan, cussing, and getting drunk.
However, in Hebrew the word here for wickedness is ‘ra.’ Ra Is an evil that is different from just
mean and murderous. As one author put it, ra is like taking a mixing bowl a woman uses
every day to mix her eggs and flour and milk for making bread and then taking the bowl
and smashing it into pieces. Now you have “ra.” The bowl is no longer functional.
‘Ra’ began on the Earth in the Garden of Eden, when the ultimate dysfunction was
introduced to us. Our eyes were opened to know not just ‘tov’ but also ‘ra’. The humans
were banned from the Garden of Life (Eden). After that, humans begin to pollute the earth,
to misuse it and abuse it. We have killed the fish and wildlife and mistreated the animals
we domesticated, we moved on in our ‘ra’ dysfunction and greed to find ways to make toxic
drugs and chemicals that destroy our bodies, our lands and waters, and then we found ever
worsening ways to destroy each other through personal violence on our neighbors and in wars.
So, we now have full-blown DYSFUNCTION, our hope is nothing but Jesus. ~
So, God has functional order and (now) Earth has dysfunction and disorder. We get glimpses at times of what ORDER is. Miraculous events that defy Earth’s chaotic ways. We see order enough that we want to make it happen, but most of the time, whatever efforts we do has little lasting or widespread results. No matter how many ways we employ to ‘fix’ our dysfunctional Earth and dysfunctional humanity, we are still left with the ramifications of the true definition of the word ‘ra,’ No amount of “Save the Whales” or adopt a Chinese orphan, or any other improvements we do, will save us. We are struck by the truth of the utter hopelessness of our pathetic efforts to do anything that could ever redeem our planet or its people. Even a Noah’s flood do-over can’t help us.
We see droughts, tidal wave floods, deadly winter storms, merciless tornadoes and hurricanes. Even nature is out of order! The perfection of Eden will never be achieved on this earth. We name our towns and valleys ‘Paradise’ and ‘Utopia’ but cruelty stalks the land as we kill one another. We have wars and famines and other disasters worldwide. The breakdown of society is evident with marriage and monogamy becoming old fashioned ideas for many of us. Honesty and hard work on the job is not so much rewarded as treachery, conniving, and manipulation. Morality is just an outdated idea as we stumble along with what the Bible calls “every man doing that which is right in his own eyes.” We just make up our own rules as we go along. Truth and justice are antiquated mores that no longer apply for the majority of earth’s population. The prisons are full, and we are still not saved!
Once again, we are down to Just Jesus. There is no perfection anywhere else. The degree of dysfunction is too much for us to overcome. It doesn’t mean we don’t try, it just means that deep down, we should be very aware that the only cure is the return of Yeshua ha Meshiach. He will set things in order and make way for what the Father has prepared for those who love Him.
I saw new heaven and new earth; for the first heaven and first earth were passed away. And I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of the heavens, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Revelation 21:1-2 (see 2 Peter 3)