This one year study thru the Bible for kids is designed to hit the highlights and provide practical application. I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (Isaiah 35) while we focus in on just a few verses.
Background: The prophet Isaiah wrote this book to the southern tribe of Judah during a time of national emergency. The 12 tribes of Israel had been divided. 10 tribes in the north and 2 in the south (Judah was one of these). Even the tribe of Judah had turned their backs on God and were facing extinction by the cruel Assyrians. In the first 39 chapters are recorded a series of messages that Isaiah preaches over 40 years, to warn the Jews to turn away from their sin and to receive God’s forgiveness and blessing.
Isaiah brings a message of Good News to strengthen the hearts of God’s people that have been beaten down by their enemies.
Ask the children…
What will happen when the Lord returns to restore His people and His land?
“Even the wilderness and desert will be glad in those days. The wasteland will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses.” (Isaiah 35:1)
What does this say about God?
“There the Lord will display his glory, the splendor of our God.” (Isaiah 35:2)
How does this encourage God’s people?
“With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees. 4 Say to those with fearful hearts, ‘Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.'” (Isaiah 35:3, 4)
Good news has always encouraged and strengthened people. Even in the toughest of times, when the bearer of good news comes, people are excited to hear what they have to say. When we look to God, there is always good news. He is always on His throne ruling with love and righteousness. He knows the beginning and end of our story and every day in between. He holds the story of this world in His hands and no one can stand against Him.
Ask your children if this is good news for them? Where do they need to have their hands strengthened? Talk about the good news of Jesus and rejoice in what He has done for us and see if that doesn’t bring new strength.
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