Shining a light on the weekly Bible Lessons published in the Christian Science Quarterly®


Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. 

Chapters 40–55 (the portion of Isaiah often called Second Isaiah) sometimes include reminders not to forget God’s former saving acts (see 46:9, for instance). In this passage, though, the writer directs the people’s attention to imminent evidence of divine might and guidance. A Bible authority explains: “The prophet is calling upon Israel to turn from memory to hope, from the epochal events of the past to the even more decisive and redemptive events of the future. [He] is so certain of the truth of what he is saying, so sure of the imminence of redemption, that he sees it taking place before his very eyes . . . .”

Resources quoted in this issue

RR: Buttrick, George Arthur, Nolan B. Harmon, et al., eds. The Interpreter’s Bible: A Commentary in Twelve Volumes. Vol. 5, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah. Nashville: Abingdon, 1951–57; Carson, D. A. NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible: Previously published as NIV Zondervan Study Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2018.

Cit. 7: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 1, Introduction to the Pentateuch. Genesis. Exodus. Leviticus. Numbers. Deuteronomy. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.

Cit. 10: Ellicott, Charles John, ed. A Bible Commentary for English Readers by Various Writers. London: Cassell, 1897–1905. Also available at

Cit. 15: Marshall, Alfred. The Interlinear Greek-English New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1975.

Cit. 20: Barker, Kenneth L., John H. Stek, Walter W. Wessel, and Ronald F. Youngblood. NIV Study Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002; Gill, John. Exposition of the Old and New Testaments. London, 1746–63. Also available at

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