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.
In chapter 38 Isaiah came to King Hezekiah to bring him a message of death and when Hezekiah prayed, God reversed it and gave Hezekiah a miraculous message of 15 extra years of life.
Ask the children…
What did Isaiah say on behalf of the Lord in response to King Hezekiah’s prayer?
“I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will add fifteen years to your life, 6 and I will rescue you and this city from the king of Assyria. Yes, I will defend this city.” (Isaiah 38:5, 6)
How did God confirm that He would do this?
“‘And this is the sign from the Lord to prove that he will do as he promised: 8 I will cause the sun’s shadow to move ten steps backward on the sundial[a] of Ahaz!’ So the shadow on the sundial moved backward ten steps.” (Isaiah 38, 7, 8 )
Not only did God promise King Hezekiah 15 extra years of life and protection for Jerusalem from enemies but then He confirmed this by making the sun move backward in the sky so that it’s shadow moved back up the steps instead of down. You can imagine after this prophecy how King Hezekiah and he advisors went out to the steps that day and they all anxiously watched to see if they sun would move backward. And sure enough it did. I am sure they were all shouting and praising God and that story was told over and over from house to house and across the land.
Ask your children if they have any good news stories where God has been working in their lives? He wants to do this. He wants to do miracles. Just the other day I thought for the first time in months about an old friend of mine that I had not talked to in 6 months. And before I could move on this God prompting that old friend sent me an email the next day. That is the miraculous voice of God. And He wants to do that in our lives daily. Ask God today to show you His miraculous hand then watch for it. Make sure that you tell others when you discover it.
Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
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