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 62) 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.
When our parents gave us a name, they considered many different options and selected the one that they thought would fit us. However, they did not know us or what we would become. In chapter 62, God gives the city of Jerusalem some new names. He knew what they had become and He had plans for a new work in this city that could only be described by new names.
Ask the children…
What were the old names of Jerusalem that it was being called by those who hated God?
“Never again will you be called “The Forsaken City”[a]or “The Desolate Land.” (Isaiah 62:4)
What were the new names that God called Jerusalem?
Recently in a men’s meeting in a spirit of prayer God gave me a new name. He called me ‘Restorer’. The name speaks to me of restoring the hearts of men back to God, of restoring God’s kingdom in my domain, or restoring that which was destroyed in the fall. With the new name God removed ‘curse’ names that satan had called me; names like ‘selfish’, ‘weak’, ‘independent’, ‘lacking passion’, and ‘ungifted’. I now have begun to see myself in a whole new light just like the people of Jerusalem must has seen themselves.
Ask your children what names describe how they think of themselves? Spend some time and ask the Holy Spirit to give them a new name. It may be just an impression they get but pursue what they Holy Spirit says to them. Make it a prayer going forward to live out this new name or to continue to ask the Holy Spirit for this new name.
Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
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