Familiarize yourself with the following passage:Isaiah 1-6
Isaiah was a prophet. A prophet is a person who speaks on behalf of God, confronting people with their sins and reminding them of God’s promises. This is what Isaiah did for the people of Israel. The book of Isaha is full of his messages from God. It is a long book, 66 chapters, and covers a period in Israel’s history that leads up to the exile of the northern kingdom. At the beginning of his book, Isaiah gives the reader an overview of the sin situation in Israel, and also recounts a vision of reconciliation. The most famous verses in this section of the book is Isaiah’s vision of God and his call to be a prophet. He said he saw God high and lifted up, seated on His throne. Then, in response to God’s greatness, when asked who will go warn Israel of the things to come, Isaiah said, “Here I am, send me!” (6:8) The remaining chapters of this book will cover God’s messages to a sinful Israel as well as an amazing preview of the Suffering Servant.
Object lesson:Talk to the children about how they describe other people. If you just saw Santa, how would you describe him? (red nose, white beard, red suit, black shoes, big and tall….) We see Santa in pictures, but no one gets to see God like that, so how would you describe God? Allow the kids to all give their input. You may have to ask them why they would describe God that way. Descriptions are very important. In this story you will learn about a man who saw God, face to face, and wrote down his description, allowing us to know more about who God is.
Memory Verse:Isaiah 6:1b
“I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple.”
Jesus Connection:In a vision, Isaiah saw God in all His glory. Many years later, God would send His glory to earth in His son, Jesus. When God called Isaiah to be his prophet, he responded with eager willingness. Jesus has also left us with a similar call. In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus calls us all to “go and make disciples of all nations”. And just as god was with Isaiah, so Jesus will be with us to the very end of the age.
“Where He Leads Me”I can hear my Savior calling,
I can hear my Savior calling,
I can hear my Savior calling,
Take they cross and follow, follow Me.
Where He leads me I will follow,
Where me leads me I will follow,
Where he leads me I will follow,
I’ll go with Him, with Him all the way.
Throw Away Your SinsSupplies Needed:
· Paper, one per child
· Masking tape
1. Divide the room in two with masking tape marking the center line.
2. Divide the kids in two groups and place on group on each side of the room.
3. Give each child a piece of paper. Have the children crumple the paper into a ball. Tell the children that this paper ball represents sin. Isaiah was warning the people of Israel that they needed to get rid of their sin, to throw it as far away from them as they could. We also need to throw sin far away from us when it comes our way.
4. The object of this game is for the kids to throw the paper balls over the line to the other team as fast as they can, returning any paper balls that were thrown by the other team. The team with the fewest paper balls on their side of the line at the end of the time will be the winner.
5. Repeat this game as time allows, mixing up the children onto different team each time.
· White disposable paper cups
· Crayons or markers
· Hole punch
1. Have the children cut out the bottom of their paper cup.
2. Using the hole punch, make two holes on opposite sides of the bottom of the cup.
3. Cut a length of yarn for each child. Thread the yarn through the holes and tie the ends together to make a neck strap.
4. Allow the kids to decorate their megaphones.
5. The kids can use their megaphones to share God’s messages with the world!