Isaiah knew that the King was coming, who would be greater than any king the Israelites had ever had. This King will know and respect God, He will have God’s Spirit in Him, He will bring peace, and He will reign forever! This King would not only save the Israelites, but all people – including us – from our sin. God used Isaiah to tell the Israelites these things in keeping with promises He’s made since the beginning of time. Follow along with this devotion, which you can walk through with your family in 10-15 minutes one night this week or review it in 3-5 minutes over the course of the week.
KEY VERSE – DAY ONE:
Review the key verses and hand motions for this unit with your children.
“And the angel said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid, for look I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, has been born for you in the city of David.’” – Luke 2:10-11
“Yahweh is good, and his love endures forever. His faithfulness endures through all the generations.” – Psalm 100:5
BIG PICTURE QUESTION – DAY ONE:
Ask your children the Big Picture Question for this unit: Why was Jesus born? Jesus was born to rescue us from sin.
MAIN POINT – DAY ONE:
Share with your children that this week’s main point is Isaiah prophesied about the coming Messiah.
BIBLE PASSAGE – DAY TWO:
This week’s Bible story comes from Isaiah 11:1-10. This story can be found on page 174 of the Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook. Take some time now to read these passages with your children or you can refer to the Bible story summary below!
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
The people of Judah were afraid. Their king, Uzziah, had died. Now they had a bad king – Ahaz – and their enemies, the Assyrians, threatened to destroy them. God sent Isaiah the prophet to give the people a message of hope. God had a plan – a very good plan – for their future.
Isaiah told people about God’s plan. A King is coming! Isaiah told the people about the King and what the day will be like when the Messiah comes to rescue His people and be their King forever.
“The King will come from Jesse’s family,” Isaiah said. Jesse was King David’s father. That meant God was going to keep His promise that someone from David’s family would be King forever.
Isaiah said, “God’s Spirit will be with Him. The Spirit will help Him. He will be wise and understanding . He will know God and respect Him.”
Isaiah said that the coming King will always do the right thing. He will be a good judge; He will be fair, and He will do what He says He will do.
Isaiah said that the Messiah will bring peace.
Everyone on the earth will know the Lord. The earth will be filled with knowledge of Him, just like the sea is filled with water.
In the future, this King will bring the nations together. All the people will come to Him, and He will rule in glory.
REVIEW QUESTIONS – DAY THREE:
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions/true or false statements:
Preschool/Kindergarten (review questions):
- What prophet did God send to tell His people a King was coming? (Isaiah)
- From whose family would the King come? (Jesse’s)
- Jesse was whose father? (King David)
- How long will this King reign? (forever)
- Who will know God when the King comes? (everyone)
1st-5th grades (true or false statements):
- Isaiah was a prophet in the New Testament. (false, Old Testament)
- The Book of Isaiah is found in the Bible in the division of the Major Prophets. (true)
- Isaiah said that a King would come from Jesse’s family. (true)
- Isaiah said that God’s Spirit would be with the coming King. (true)
- Isaiah said that the coming King would usually do the right thing. (false, He would always do the right thing)
- Isaiah said that the Messiah would bring war. (false, He would bring peace)
- Isaiah said everyone on the earth will know the Lord. (true)
- Isaiah said that the King will bring the nations together. (true)
- Isaiah prophesied about a coming storm. (false, Isaiah prophesied about the coming Messiah)
- Jesus is the promised Messiah. (true)
WORSHIP – DAY FOUR:
CHRIST CONNECTION – DAY FIVE:
It’s amazing to see how things that happened in the Old Testament are connected to the New Testament and the Gospel – the good news that Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins because of His love for us. These Christ connections show us that God has been preparing us for a relationship with Jesus since the beginning of time.
Long before Jesus was born on earth, Isaiah told God’s people about a King who would come and rule forever. Jesus is the King whom God promised to send. Jesus will make all these words come true.
Isaiah and many other prophets in the Old Testament told about a King who would come and rule forever. Jesus is the promised Messiah. He will make all these words come true.
PRAY – DAY FIVE:
As you pray, thank God for always providing for us – even providing a way for us to know Him through the birth of His Son, Jesus. Thank God for keeping His promise to the Israelites, and ask Him to help us to trust Him even more. Praise God for this season and for sending His Son, Jesus, to be born in Bethlehem to rescue us from our sin.