Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
Key Verse Thought: Have you ever told anyone about Jesus, and what he has done in your life? Is it an important thing to do? Today we will look at Isaiah. Not only did he speak God’s Words to the kings of Judah, but he also wrote about Jesus. We will learn of a time recorded in the Bible that someone was saved by reading the book of Isaiah.
Emphasis: Just as Isaiah wrote about Jesus, we are to tell everyone that Jesus came to save the lost.
Lesson Summary: The name Isaiah means the Lord saves; or the Lord is Savior. Isaiah was called to be a prophet the year King Uzziah (Azariah) died (Isaiah 6). He saw God upon His throne. God asked, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” and Isaiah answered, “Here am I; send me” (Isaiah 6:8).
Isaiah examined the sins of Judah, speaking to the kings in their courts. He spoke during the days of King Ahaz, a very bad king, who made himself and the nation of Judah servants to their enemy, Assyria (2 Kings 16:7-9). Isaiah warned against such alliances in Isaiah chapters seven through nine. He also strongly influenced King Hezekiah, a very good king, (see Isaiah 36-37) encouraging him to hold out against the Assyrian threat, and God supernaturally won the battle for them. He prophesied about 40 years (or more), and lived into the reign of Manasseh, one of the worst kings that ruled Judah. Tradition says that Manasseh had Isaiah “sawn asunder” (see Hebrews 11:37). He was a prophet to Judah before they were carried into captivity into Babylon and he warned them of that pending captivity. He saw Israel, the Northern Kingdom, carried away into captivity by Assyria.
Many comparisons can be made from other places in the Bible to the book of Isaiah. We will look at a few of those comparisons along with some interesting things referred to in the book of Isaiah. Isaiah is often quoted in the New Testament, and Jesus quoted from the book of Isaiah often. Remember, the Ethiopian Eunuch was reading the book of Isaiah when Philip showed him how to be saved. We can read much about Jesus in the book of Isaiah.
Isaiah records many specific prophecies concerning the coming Messiah (Jesus) and his suffering death – more than any other book in the Old Testament.
We will take three lessons to look at the book of Isaiah.
Y2Q3 – Lesson 1 in full
If you are doing the lesson with younger children, the following is a craft idea to go with the lesson.