Ecclesiastes 1:9-10: “That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which it may be said, ‘See, this is new?’ It has already been in ancient times before us.”
I love to read the daily news. I used to buy a newspaper and read it from cover to cover. Remember newspapers? When I got through, my fingers would be black from the ink on the paper. Every day my enquiring mind needs to know, “What’s new?”
I used to say that nothing shocked me. I don’t say that anymore. I just read yesterday (on my USA Today Kindle app) that an 18 year old boy (man?) was admitted back to his Florida high school, after it was discovered that he had made several porn videos. Wow. That shocked me. It ought to shock you. To make the story worse, his reason for making the porn movies was to support his unemployed mother and enable her to pay her bills. The mother was in approval of her son’s “part-time job.”
Okay, so maybe Solomon missed that one. Surely, 18 year old men didn’t make porn videos in ancient times. People didn’t read about it on their electronic devices either. So, what was the Bible really saying? The message of Ecclesiastes is that mankind has always been wickedly sinful. Cain killed his brother Abel. God destroyed the majority of mankind in a flood and rained fire and brimstone down on two ancient cities. Why? Nothing new: just that old human condition that the Bible calls sin. Sin has always been and sin always will be. In this case, no news is bad news.
What’s new? In spite of education, technology, science and an amazing increase of knowledge, the story is getting old. Men and women keep on sinning. But, could I share some Good News?
The Good News is that Jesus can make all things new. He can make you a brand new creature. He is making all things new by His death, burial, resurrection, ascension and His soon second coming. And, as the news reporter John wrote nearly 2000 years ago, God will usher in a “new heaven and a new earth.” Solomon stated it this way: “That which has been is what will be.”
Dear God, Thank you for making me a new creature in Christ! I am looking forward to the new heavens and new earth where sin will no longer exist. In Your holy name, Amen.