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Being New
by Fred Pruitt

What we are saying is absolutely new. It hasn't been heard or said before.

But of course it has been heard and said before. When the Lord says, "Behold, I do a new thing," this is exactly what He is demonstrating.

The information doesn't change. But that which the information describes is dynamic and always changing form and that's why it can't be confused with form.

And since it is dynamic then if it something real or true then it is also new. It isn't rehashed hash, "Oh yeah, we've heard all that before."

Even if said in the same words as a million times before, I repeat -- if it is real or true it will be new in that moment.

Every major character in the Biblical stories brings out something new in his given time. And that didn't stop two thousand years ago. That is what we do now because we are now those stories in living flesh. We are bringing out the newness of God, God's "new thing" in our given time.

We are not tied to any forms from the past, nor are we obligated to discard them for any reason. In the liberty of Christ everything is a servant of His love and all are instruments of righteousness. As Paul said, some regard the day special, some don't, all in the liberty of Christ.

Jesus came and broke all the forms. He said they broke the law by their traditions. And then He even spoke against some of the laws, sacred laws, handed down from Moses, written words of Scripture.

And He broke the Sabbath. His disciples broke the Sabbath, and He invoked the example of David and his men eating the priest's shewbread while on the run from Saul. But that example has no moral connotation added in the story, whether what they did was right or not. It is simply told as what happened, and non-priests eating the shewbread was definitely against the law. Still the example of David and his men trangressing the commandment with impunity was Jesus' Scriptural "justification" for his disciples plucking grain on the Sabbath.

With the disciples, one could argue the need of hunger as justification for breaking the law, but that wouldn't really hold water for two reasons in a legal case. First of all, they were most likely not in dire circumstances. They weren't THAT hungry! And secondly, the law already covered that anyway. The people of Israel were told to gather double on Sabbath eve, so that they would not have to gather on the Sabbath. So if somebody didn't have all his chores done and food prepared by the time the Sabbath came, tough cookies, they just had to go hungry, and then maybe next Sabbath they'd be prepared.

So there is no legal justification. What David and his men did, and what the disciples did, was legally (and in Israel at the time that also meant morally and ethically) wrong.

And I can't offer any legal defense either. Broke the law. Guilty.

But Jesus just broke the forms with sometimes little explanation. Some saw Him as bringing lawlessness, because if He did not honor the traditions of the elders, it would upset all the applecarts and people would just do what they pleased. They knew Moses had spoken a few thousand years before, but who did this upstart think he was? To them he denied their faith, because He brought something completely new.

But He told them if they believed Moses they would believe Him. Simeon knew Him in His mother's arms. Simeon believed Moses. So did the prophetess Anna who attended the temple with nothing but prayers for seventy years. The disciples who first found John the Baptist and then heard him say on the banks of the Jordan, "Behold the Lamb of God," believed Moses, and knew the Lamb when they saw Him because they sought Him and were expecting Him.

Nicodemus believed Moses and he saw, too.

Abraham was looking out over the plain of Mamre and three strangers came walking up. Abraham had no long-standing tradition to go to. He was the first of his line to hear the word of the Lord. He only knew what he heard within and because of that he knew who these three strangers were.

And we each are as original as Abraham was, who as the faith-father of us all, is the example of what it is to be new. God told him everywhere he put his foot would become his territory. And he wandered everywhere through his life and everywhere he went became his.

Our heritage is the same. Everywhere we put our foot is our territory. It is ours to bless and to water. To make a new thing. To plant a garden. To harvest some fruit. To put out some rubbish.

And like Abraham's inheritance, it keeps growing. It has no limitation. It is always new, because it is always expanding and growing.

And I'm speaking of everything. First of all our consciousness. God just keeps blowing our minds again and again.

And consciousness (which I'm not meaning is a state of mind, or a set of feelings, or a definite "concious knowing," but as something inward in us which is deep truth in us which shines through and illuminates all our existence) then affects everything.

It is this "consciousness of God" within us that is continually growing and expanding, and thereby making everything new all the time. Every moment of every day.

And this newness which is Christ hiding Himself in you and me is flowing out to everybody we see.

It isn't by anything we try to do or to effect. There is nothing to "make happen." Just take the next step, the territory is yours and new all over again.