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 50) 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 50, Isaiah predicts the sufferings of Christ 700 years before they actually happened.
Ask the children…
What was going to happen to Christ?
“I offered my back to those who beat me and my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard.” (Isaiah 50:6)
In addition to the whipping (40 lashes) that Christ received, what else would people do to Him?
“I did not hide my face from mockery and spitting.” (Isaiah 50:6)
Jesus Christ came to die for us all the while fulfilling all the prophecies concerning His life and death. Here are just three of them, lashing, mockery and being spit upon.
Ask your children if they can imagine giving themselves willingly to all of the things that Christ endurred? Ask them how much love this displayed? Take some time thanking God for predicting these things through Isaiah and then walking them out for the believing Jews and for all of us who have been brought into God’s family.
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