For Teenagers: Living by God's Standard - the book of Isaiah
MESSAGE ACROSS TIMEMAJOR PROPHETS: ISAIAH JEREMIAH EZEKIEL
MESSAGE ACROSSTIMELesson 1: Isaiah: Live by God’s StandardLesson 2: Jeremiah: Shaped or ShatteredLesson 3: Ezekiel: Model your message
A BRIEF STORY OF ISRAEL THE NATION God as King, living among Israel in the Joshua + Israel Tabernacle (Northern Kingdom, Falls to Assyria 70 elders 19 kings – all bad) on 723 BC Jonah went to (207 years after Solomon) Nineveh, capital ofMoses Assyria (796 BC) United Kingdom of Israel Jeremiah (627-580 BC) 970 BC-930 BC Solomon (40 years) Isaiah Ezekiel 1010 BC-970 BC (740-700 BC) (593-570 BC) David (40 years) 1050 BC-1010 BC Saul (40 years) Period of 18 Judges Judah Falls to Babylon (Southern Kingdom, Samuel on 597 BC 350 years 20 kings – 8 good) (333 years after Solomon)1,446BC 1,380BC 1,043BC 597BC
A BRIEF STORY OFISRAEL THE NATION1. Prophet Samuel anointed two kings – Saul and David. Saul disobeyed and God rejected him. God loved David2. Solomon was wisest man, but strayed from God because of his wives. God was angered by this – tore half the kingdom from the house of David3. Judah (Southern kingdom) 1. ruled by house of David – 20 kings, only 8 good 2. God sent them 12 prophets to warn and encourage them 3. In the end, God raised Babylon to punish them4. Israel (Northern kingdom) 1. ruled by many different families – 19 kings, all bad, they led the people to serve other gods 2. God sent them 9 prophets to warn them 3. In the end, God raised Assyria to punish them
WHO IS ISAIAH ?• He is one of the four major prophets in the OT: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel• Prophesied around 700 B.C. in Judah• Name means “Yahweh is salvation”• Royal blood (his father Amoz is the younger son of King Joash of Judah• Influential, educated and well connected• Married a prophetess• Tradition holds that he died a martyr in the reign of Manessah (sawed in half)
WHEN WAS HIS MINISTRY? Northern Kingdom Ends 740 735 716 697 687Uzziah Ahaz Hezekiah Manassah Jotham Ministry of IsaiahAmos Ministry of Micah Nahum Ministry of Hosea
KEY POINTSWhat’s the BIG Idea?God expects his people to turn away from sin and live holylives that honour HimWhy does it matter?Rejecting God’s standard will result in judgementHow do I live it?Remove any attitudes or actions that displeases God, andcommit to holiness in all you do
1. WHY DID HE SPEAK?The Vision of God in His temple Isaiah 6:1 In the year of King Uzziahs death, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. While Uzziah was a good king, he became proud later on And King Uzziah was a leper to the day of his death; and he lived in a separate house, being a leper, for he was cut off from the house of the LORD. And Jotham his son was over the kings house judging the people of the land. 22 Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first to last, the prophet Isaiah, the son of Amoz, has written. (2 Chronicles 26:21-22).
1. WHY DID HE SPEAK?The Holiness of God Isaiah 6:2-4 Seraphim (“the burning ones”) stood above Him, each having six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.” 4 And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke.
1. WHY DID HE SPEAK?How it affected him! Isaiah 6:5 Then I said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”
1. WHY DID HE SPEAK? Read Isaiah 2:6-81. God called him confront to His people, that they were sinning and not living to God’s standard - holiness2. God warned them of His impending judgment and that they were to repent3. Did the people receive Isaiah’s message happily and repent?4. Do you think people today will receive his message?5. Do you think people will respond if they were told that they are sinners and that they must repent immediately?
ISAIAH 1:4 Alas, sinful nation, People weighed down with iniquity, Offspring of evildoers, Literally “Seed of Evil Ones.” Sons who act corruptly! They have abandoned the Lord, They have despised the Holy One of Israel, They have turned away from Him.
2. WHAT DID HE SAY? Book of Isaiah: A mirror of the Bible! The Bible IsaiahOld Testament: 39 books Judgment: 39 chaptersNew Testament: 27 books Comfort: 27 chaptersTotal books 66 books Total chapters: 66 chapters
2. WHAT DID HE SAY?Book of Isaiah: Judgment and Salvation Chapters 1-35 Chapters 36-39 Chapters 40-66 Judgments in the Historical Interlude Glory in the Future Present The Comfort of The Judgment of God God Messiah the Messiah the Judge Servant Groan Glory God’s Government God’s Grace“A throne” (6:6) “A Lamb” (53:7)
PROPHECY OF JESUSISRAEL’S NEED THE SERVANT’S REMEDYOur griefs (53:4) He Himself bore (53:4) Our sorrows (53:4) He carried (53:4) For our transgressions He was pierced (53:5) (53:5) For our iniquities (53:5) He was crushed (53:4) For our well-being The chastening… fell (53:5) upon Him (53:5)
2. WHAT DID HE SAY?1. God created us – Isaiah 40:26-312. Sin has its consequences – Isaiah 1:15-173. God offers salvation from sin – Isaiah 53:1-124. God promises a great eternity for His people – Isaiah 65:17-25 We must be holy as He is holy
GROUP DISCUSSION1. List down situations where Christian teenagers might have difficulties being holy2. Suggest ways to overcome these difficult situations