At Talbot Chapel, "church starts in Sunday School!" The theme for our Sunday School lessons this quarter is: "BEYOND THE PRESENT TIME" - Studies in Daniel, Luke, Acts, 1&2 Thessalonians and 1&2 Peter
Lesson 4 - JUNE 23, 2013
Devotional Reading: Is. 42:1-9.
Background Scripture: Is. 65
Scripture: Isaiah 65:17-21, 23-25.
KEY VERSE: I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating. Isaiah 65:17:18.
CENTRAL THOUGHT: God cares about creation and will make all things new.
LESSON OBJECTIVE: To help the participants identify the changes Isaiah claims God will make in the new creation.
LESSON INTRODUCTION: This lesson text has great meaning for Israelites exiled for decades in Babylon, far from their homeland of Jerusalem in the Holy Land of Israel. They had suffered in many ways in a strange land, but their God was with them even there. Now the Prophet Isaiah brings a brand new message from God about their restoration, recreation, or renewal. Different interpretations have gone into this passage of promise from God for the people of God. Even we today have our own stamp of hope it brings. People desperately long for a time when there will be no more weeping and crying and the earth will be a place of happiness and peace. Will that time ever come? The God of truth and Creator of the earth promised through Isaiah that someday God's children would be so blessed.
I. God's Promise of Recreation: Isaiah 65:17:21.
II. God's Peaceful Ideal for the Creation: Vv. 23-25.