This past year in my Community Bible Study class we studied the books of Amos and Isaiah. This means that each week we went over a few chapters as a group and then my friend, Leigh, and I studied those same chapters the next week with our small groups, which were made up of six to nine-year-olds. Let me say that this was just slightly more challenging to apply than the previous year’s study, Matthew! Small children totally get Jesus and His message. Small children grasp a lot more of Isaiah than you might think too, but the subject is not the easiest. In some ways, I feel like I didn’t put as much into Isaiah as I should have. I think those sweet kids did walk away with the big picture: we need to hear what God says and obey Him. On their certificates I wrote:
May you long remember and live by the words of the Lord delivered through Isaish, “Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say” (28:23). We pray that the promises and prophecies from Amos and Isaiah will encourage you throughout your life – Jesus fulfilled many of these already and is coming back to complete the rest! How wonderful to think that a time is coming when there will be no more tears, instead rejoicing forever!
This is true and wonderful indeed, but I want to review Isaiah again, to soak in all that God has for me there. Undoubtedly, I’ve overlooked many great lessons. Plus, we can study even the most familiar passages and gain brand new insights. So as part of my personal summer Bible study I am going to read through and blog through Isaiah. And as always, I’d love for you to join me!