- Assign the book and chapter before the students gather for the lesson (e.g., in their small groups). Give them a bookmark to mark this. During the lesson, assign the verse.
- Have adults sit with children, especially those who will need more help.
(Write out Isaiah 44:24b on a whiteboard or large piece of paper.)
I am the LORD, who made all things,
who alone stretched out the heavens,
who spread out the earth by myself,
Ask the children simple questions that point them directly to the text:
- Who is speaking in this verse? (Point to "the LORD.")
- Did God make just some things? What word does God use to show that He didn't make just some things? (Point to "all.")
- Did God have help making all things? What words does God use to show that He didn't need any help? ("by myself")
- What should we recognize about God from this verse? Is He weak or strong? Is He small or great?
(Write out Psalm 103:13-14.)
As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.
For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.
What do fathers show to their children? What is compassion?
According to this verse, who does God show compassion to?
Look at the last part of the verse. What do you think that it means that God knows our "frame" and remembers that we are "dust"? Is dust strong or weak?
How does understanding the love and kindness of a good father help us to understand what God is like toward His children?
Why is it a good thing that God keeps in mind that we are weak?