THIS WEEK'S LESSON
Isaiah, Prophet to Judah
BIBLE PASSAGE: Isaiah 6; 53
STORY POINT: The prophet Isaiah told about the Messiah.
KEY PASSAGE: 2 Chronicles 7:14
BIG PICTURE QUESTION: How did God plan to fix what sin broke? Before He created the world, God planned to send the Messiah to save sinners.
Overview For Parents:
King Uzziah’s death marked the end of an era. His reign had been long and prosperous. Uzziah became king when he was 16, and he reigned over Judah for 52 years. Then Uzziah died. Under Uzziah’s leadership, God’s people had turned away from the promises of God and trusted in the promises of the world around them. God had promised to bless the entire world through Abraham’s family, but God’s people were rebellious. Instead of blessing, they set themselves up to receive God’s judgment.
But God’s plans and promises were not thwarted. God sent the prophet Isaiah to preach a message of hope. Even though God was going to correct His people through judgment, His purpose was one of grace through which God would receive glory. God planned to send a Messiah who would bring salvation to the world.
Isaiah 6 opens with Isaiah’s worshiping in the temple. God gave Isaiah a vision. Isaiah saw God sitting on a throne. The magnitude of God’s holiness made Isaiah realize the magnitude of his own sin. His response? “Woe is me!” God extended His grace to Isaiah. He took away Isaiah’s guilt, and sent him to His people.
Isaiah 53 records the fourth and final Servant song in the Book of Isaiah, describing God’s plan of redemption. We see a vision of the promised Messiah, the innocent substitute who would suffer for the sake of sinners.
Jesus fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecies of a Suffering Servant. People assumed God had cursed the Suffering Servant for His own sins. But no; Jesus was sinless. Isaiah wrote that He was pierced because of our transgressions and crushed because of our iniquities. His punishment is what brought our peace. The Suffering Servant died the death we deserve.
Isaiah’s words came 700 years before Jesus was born. This was God’s plan all along! When we trust in Jesus, our sins are wiped away and His righteousness is credited to us.
Nothing Surprises God
In today's story, we see how God had foretold everything that was going to happen in this book; he even knew that Jesus would need to come and save us from our sins. God is all-knowing, so nothing surprises him. For us today, we know that God knew exactly what would happen in our world. Knowing that God is powerful and all-knowing, and that he loves us, does that help you to trust him? Do you think God can use bad circumstances for good things?
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