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 44) 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 chapters 40 thru 66 (27 chapters like the 27 books in the New Testament) Isaiah now brings messages of hope and declares the message of a coming savior who will set all things right.
In chapter 44, Isaiah speaks for the Lord regarding the powerlessness of idols compared to the power and omniscience (complete knowledge of everything) of God.
Ask the children…
What does God say that manmade idols can do?
“Such stupidity and ignorance! Their (idols) eyes are closed, and they cannot see. Their minds are shut, and they cannot think.” (Isaiah 44:18)
In contrast, what does God say He can do compared to idols?
“Who is like me? Let him step forward and prove to you his power. Let him do as I have done since ancient times when I established a people and explained its future. 8 Do not tremble; do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim my purposes for you long ago?” (Isaiah 44:7, 8 )
Idols can do nothing for God’s people but God has done and will do everything for those who worship and trust in Him. It is no different today only the idols have changed. In our day it is trusting in the size of our back account, or our looks, or in buying the latest whatever that we have been promised will make us happy, or following the latest guru who claims to have all the answers. But in the end, what do all these idols have in common? They do not have the power, love or knowledge of our God.
Ask your children what they put their trust in besides God? How is it working for them? Spend some time talking about God’s faithfulness throughout the Old Testament Jewish history and His ultimate faithfulness in Christ.
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