‘Sing to the Lord, for he has done magnificent things, let this be known throughout the earth!’ Isaiah 12:5

 
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Week 1 objective: to discover that this verse can be found in the book of Isaiah and was written around 700 years before Jesus was born.

Game - 7 mins
Aims: to play a game involving a strip of tape that will be used as a timeline later in the session. 
You will need: masking tape, a tape measure, ‘Which is older?’ questions (see Printables) and a marker pen.

Before the session stick a seven meter length of masking tape to the floor of your room. (If you have limited space use a length of tape measuring three and a half meters.) Along the length of the tape, at  one meter intervals, stick seven short pieces of masking tape. The short pieces need to be perpendicular to the long strip. If using a three and a half meter strip, stick the pieces of tape at 50 cm intervals. 

Divide your group into two teams. Ask each team to nominate a ‘player’. The two players should stand either side of the strip. The aim of the game is for the players to walk the length of the strip. However, the players can only move if their team correctly answers a question. For each correct answer a player moves forward from one line of masking tape, to the next. Ask both teams the same ‘which is older....?’ questions. Both teams should give their answers before you tell them the correct answer. If a team answers correctly their player can move forward to the next line. The first team to reach the end of the strip of tape is the winning team. 


Talk about - 6 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, marker pens, the ‘Creating a timeline and What happened when?’ sheet (see Printables) and a Bible.

Before the session write the verse on the whiteboard or paper. Underline the word ‘Isaiah’. Point out that this verse comes from the book of Isaiah. Encourage one of the children to find ‘Isaiah’ in the Bible. Explain that the first part of ‘Isaiah’ was written by the prophet Isaiah. People who study the Bible think the second part was written by Isaiah’s followers. 

Explain that when this verse was written the prophet Isaiah was speaking to the Judeans living in the southern part of the Promised Land. Show flashcard number eight from the Old Testament series. Isaiah spoke to the Judeans before they were taken by the enemy armies to Babylon. 

When Isaiah said these words he was talking about the future. He was talking about a time when the Messiah would come to the earth as a glorious King (draw a crown next to the verse). Isaiah said, ‘At that time you will say, “Sing to God because he has done magnificent things” ’. Point to the first part of the verse as you read it aloud. Christians believe that Isaiah was talking about Jesus; they believe Jesus is the Messiah. Over and over again Isaiah spoke about the Messiah living among people.  It’s amazing to read about the Messiah in ‘Isaiah’, especially as the book was written 700 years before Jesus was born! So how did Isaiah know all these things were going to happen? Isaiah knew because God told him. God told Isaiah things that were going to happen and Isaiah passed God’s message on to the people. 

To help the children understand the time scale between Isaiah and the birth of Jesus, use the strip of masking tape as a timeline. Stand at different points along the strip as you talk about what happened when during the 700 year period (see Printables). 

Explain that next week we will learn more about praise and worship as we take a look at this verse.
 

Song  - 2 mins
To the tune  ‘Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree’ 

    Magnificent, magnificent,
    Sing to the Lord for what he’s done.
    Magnificent, magnificent,
    Sing to the Lord for what he’s done.
    Let this be known throughout the earth:
    What God has done ‘s magnificent.
    Magnificent, magnificent,
    Sing to the Lord for what he’s done.

    Magnificent, magnificent,
    Sing to the Lord for what he’s done.
    Magnificent, magnificent,
    Sing to the Lord for what he’s done.
    Let this be known throughout the earth,
    Isaiah chapter 12  verse 5.
    Magnificent, magnificent,
    Sing to the Lord for what he’s done.
 

 
 
 
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