We see time and time again throughout the Bible stories of God calling people to do something for Him, but those people being scared. Isaiah was one of those people – God called Him but at first, he was too scared because he realized how sinful he was. God sent a seraphim to cleanse Isaiah, similar to how God would send His Son, Jesus, to cleanse us from our sins. 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.
“Long ago, God spoke to the fathers by the prophets at different times and in different ways. In these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son. God has appointed Him heir of all things and made the universe through Him.” – Hebrews 1:1-2
BIG PICTURE QUESTION – DAY ONE:
Ask your children the Big Picture Question for this unit: How many gods are there? There is one true God who alone deserves worship.
MAIN POINT – DAY ONE:
Share with your children that this week’s main point is Isaiah saw the holy God in His glory.
BIBLE PASSAGE – DAY TWO:
This week’s Bible story comes from Isaiah 6. This story can be found on page 112 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:
After King Solomon died, the tribes of Israel split and formed two kingdoms: the Northern Kingdom of Israel and the Southern Kingdom of Judah. The people in those kingdoms looked to their kings to protect them and take care of them.
When Uzziah was the king of Judah, he was mostly a good king. The people felt safe. When Uzziah died, the people of Judah were upset and afraid.
In the year that King Uzziah died, Isaiah was worshiping God in the temple when he had a vision. Isaiah saw God sitting on a throne. God’s robe was long; its edges filled the temple. Seraphim – heavenly beings – stood above Him. They called out: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord; His glory fills the whole earth.”
When the seraphim spoke, the foundations of the doorways shook, and the temple filled with smoke. Isaiah was in the presence of God! He said, “I am ruined! I am sinful. I do not deserve to be in the presence of the King, the great and holy God.”
Then one of the seraphim flew to Isaiah. The seraph had a burning coal from the altar in his hand. He touched Isaiah’s mouth and said, “Now that this has touched your lips, your wickedness is removed and your sin is wiped away.”
Then Isaiah heard God’s voice: “Who should I send? Who will go for Us?”
Isaiah said, “Here am I! Send me.”
“Go,” God said.
God told Isaiah an important message for the people. Isaiah listened and asked, “How long should I preach to people who won’t listen?”
God answered Isaiah, “Preach until the cities are destroyed and no one lives in them. I am going to send the people far away.”
Then God explained that He would bring some of the people back to Judah. These people were a part of Abraham’s family. God was going to keep His promise to Abraham through them. He would send the Messiah through their family to be a blessing to all the nations.
REVIEW QUESTIONS – DAY THREE:
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- Why did Isaiah say, “Oh no!” when he realized he was seeing God? (because he was a sinner)
- With what did the seraph touch Isaiah’s mouth? (a burning coal from the altar)
- How did Isaiah answer when God asked, “Who will go for Us?” (“Here am I! Send me.”)
- What did God say some of the people would do one day? (come home to Judah)
- When did Isaiah see the Lord? (the year king Uzziah died)
- Why was Isaiah so upset and afraid? (he knew he was a sinner)
- What did the seraph do to show God had cleansed Isaiah? (touched a coal to his lips)
- What did God call Isaiah to do? (take God’s message to the people of Judah)
- How long would Isaiah preach to the people? (until there are no more people to hear)
- How many God’s are there? There is one true God who alone deserves worship.
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.
Isaiah knew he was sinful and shouldn’t be with God. God is holy. God forgave Isaiah’s sin. Like Isaiah, our sin keeps us away from God. But God sent His Son, Jesus, to take away our sin. Only He can save us.
Isaiah had a vision of God’s glory and realized his own sin. God forgave Isaiah’s sin. Like Isaiah, when we see how holy God is, we see how sinful we are. God sent His Son, Jesus, to take away our sin. We can find salvation only in Him.
PRAY – DAY FIVE:
As you pray, praise God for being the one true God. Ask God to forgive you of any sins you’ve committed today or this week. Thank God for sending Jesus to cleanse us from our sin. Ask Him to help you to live for Him and love Him most.