God used the prophets to relay messages to His people. God wanted Israel to know what was going to happen because of their sin, yet He always attached a message of hope to what He shared. God promises forgiveness and restoration if His people repent of their sin. Many times throughout the Old Testament, God affirmed His promise of a coming Messiah. God first revealed His plan for a Messiah in Genesis 3, immediately following
the sin of Adam and Eve. Although they were being banished from the Garden of Eden, God gave them hope. Through the prophets, Israel would learn details about the promised Messiah, but no one prophet provided more information than Isaiah.
Isaiah’s message was given to the Southern Kingdom of Judah. As with previous prophets, Judah was being warned to turn from their sin or face punishment. Isaiah’s message, however, contained much more. Isaiah revealed that the Messiah would be born of a virgin (7:14); the Messiah would have an everlasting kingdom (9:7); the Messiah would suffer and die for our sin (53:4–5). Isaiah’s message of hope is not just for Judah’s restoration: It is a message of hope for all sinners to be restored before a holy God.
Review: Last week we learned about the book of Joel. Joel was a prophet sent by God to deliver a message to the nation of Judah. God used a plague of locust and a severe drought to get Judah’s attention, because they had turned against Him. Joel delivered God’s message of judgment, but then of restoration for the nation.
After Judah has been judged and restored, what promise does God give to Judah that is still true today? “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Scripture Reading: Reading God’s Word is the most important part of family worship. If you don’t have time to do anything else, be sure to do this section. Isaiah 6:1–13
Memory Verse: Isaiah 53:6: “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way, and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all”
Use these questions throughout the week, along with a review of this unit’s Memory Verse:
“We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way,
and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” —Isaiah 53:6
- In Isaiah 6:9–10 God gives a description of the people to whom Isaiah will be delivering his message from God. The people are described as those who will not listen and whose hearts will be hardened to the message. Have you ever come across people who have no interest in hearing about God’s message of Jesus and salvation? How have you reacted to them? Have you wanted to just walk away from them? In spite of how we may feel or how people may respond, God has commanded us to go and give the message to all (Matthew 28:19–20). Keep in mind that God saved you even while you were still a sinner (Romans 5:8).
- Isaiah is a prophet known for his prophecy about the promised Messiah. Choose one or more of these passages to read some of the prophecies: Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; 11:1–10; 42:1–9; 49:1–7; 52:13–53:12. Imagine yourself as a member of the nation of Israel hearing the prophecies of the Messiah. What do you think would be the conversation around your dinner table that evening? Would there be excitement? Would you be trying to guess who would be the parents of Jesus? Would you think Isaiah’s words were crazy? Would you wonder when it was going to happen?
- Isaiah 6:2–4 describes seraphs surrounding the throne of God. This is the only place in the Bible that describes the seraphim. Their name means “burning ones”, and their purpose is to constantly glorify and praise God. The following are other verses about God’s holiness: Exodus 15:11; Leviticus 19:2; I Samuel 2:2. Read them and spend time giving God glory and praise as the angels do in heaven.
Adoration: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord almighty. The whole earth is full of His glory” (v. 3). Give praise and worship to God.
Confession: “Woe to me for I am a man of unclean lips” (v. 5). God is holy and unable to allow sin in His presence. No sin is too small. Confess them now before God.
Thanksgiving: “Your sin is taken away, and your sin atoned for” (v. 7). God is always willing and ready to forgive. He never tires of our sincere confession. Give thanks for God’s unending forgiveness.
Supplication: “Here I am. Send Me!” (v. 8). God has a perfect plan for each of us, and He desires that we serve Him. Ask God to show you His plan and to give you a willing heart to serve Him wherever and however He desires.
Play a game of “Send Me.” Ask someone to go get you something, and let the first person to hop up and say, “Send me!” be the one to go get it. Continue playing until interest wanes or time is up.
Talk about how God used a hot coal to “clean” Isaiahʼs lips. Ask, “Why do you use hot water when you take a shower or bath?” Hot water cleans better than cold water and helps kill bacteria or germs. Say, “Isaiahʼs lips were not really cleaned by the coal. God used this as a symbol to let Isaiah know God was ready to use Isaiah to tell others about Him.”
Read Galatians 3:27-29. This passage of Scripture is another picture of what Jesus did for us when He gave His life as a sacrifice for sinners. Because of Jesusʼ sacrifice all people can live as one in Christ.
Pray, thanking God that Jesus came as an example for us and showed us how to live as one in Him.
(Vista Dublin lesson: March 29th, Vista Worthington lesson: April 19th)