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Hi kiddos! The Bible story this week might be a bit more unfamiliar. This isn’t Noah building the ark, David fighting Goliath, or the 10 Commandments. In fact, maybe this is your first time even reading this part of the Bible. How exciting is that!!
In this week’s story, Isaiah sees the Lord sitting on a throne and an angel appears to him. Make sure you tune into this week’s video with Mrs. Sherman and have fun drawing this with her! Isaiah knew he was a sinner and said, “For I am a man of unclean lips.” Then one of the angels (the seraphim) flew to him and took a burning coal to touch Isaiah’s mouth. He said, “This has touched your lips. Your sin is taken away.” Isaiah then answers the call to be a prophet, to be God’s messenger by saying “Here am I! Send me! Send me!!” Can you tell WHO Isaiah is talking about in the rest of your story? He uses words like “despised and rejected by men, wounded for our sins, with His stripes we are healed.” You’ve guessed it – Jesus! Just like the hot coal that took Isaiah’s sins away, we have Jesus, our perfect Savior who “laid on Him the sin of us all” (from your Story Bible).
For this week’s activity, we are making the hot coal from the story. As you make it and put the sign “Here I am, send me” in your coal, thank God for calling YOU too to be His messenger. We have a great opportunity to tell others about Jesus too as “Followers of Jesus, Wherever We Are” (in your neighborhoods, soccer fields, schools, parks, and more).
Step 1: Form the black clay into a lump of coal.
This clay is a bit tougher than play dough so you might need a little extra help at first. If you notice in the photo, I have a paper towel under the clay. Mr. Wieneke made me do this because he’s boring and didn’t want red sugar all over the house. ☺
Step 2: Add the red sugar to the coal.
This helps us remember that this was “burning coal” that was taken with tongs. I personally dumped the red sugar on the coal and then pressed it into the clay but you can do whatever you want.
Step 3: Add the googly eyes and the mouth.
Did the Bible say the coal had eyes and a mouth? No. But Mrs. Wieneke likes to make things cute. ☺ I also thought it was a good transition to our last step.
Step 4: Take the sign and tape it to your stick and put it in the coal.
Why did I add eyes and a mouth? Yes, to make the coal “cute” but to also remind us that God calls and sends us to be his messenger to others too.
Shout at home, “Here I am, send me! Send me!”
Written by people you worship with at St Matthew.
Woe! Lo! Go!
By Pastor Rob Appold
When driving home from church one Saturday afternoon in February, my usual ten minute commute turned into a 3 hour dilemma. About a mile from home, a car pulled out directly in front of me. The road was snowy and slippery. As I simultaneously laid on the horn, I navigated off the road into a snow drift I came to a sudden stop to watch as the other driver drove away. I honestly don’t think the driver ever saw me.
Not only was I ignored by the initial driver, car after car sped by. Getting my insurance card out and dialing the 800 number meant an even longer time being on hold and transferred from one “associate”” to another. I learned something about myself: I don’t like being ignored.
Do you feel like God is ignoring you? Does it seem like God is treating you in a way that is not fair? It’s not surprising that sometimes we feel this way. When we experience problems with our health, we want to ask God, “Why is this happening to me?” If they are severe, or if they drag on, it can indeed seem like God is ignoring us. It is discouraging to deal with ailments that sap our strength and take joy out of life as we deal with them day after day.
In Isaiah 6 we read of God appearing to Isaiah (a theophany). When the earthly king dies, the Heavenly King appears and speaks, and when He does he says:
Woe!– (Isaiah 6:5 ESV) “And I said: ‘Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!’”
Confronted with the reality of God’s holiness, Isaiah realizes his own uncleanness. While we may grade ourselves on the “curve” of comparing ourselves to someone else, compared to God we are undone.
But God also says Lo (Behold)! (Isaiah 6:7 ESV) “And he touched my mouth and said: ‘Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.’
The angelic messenger shifts Isaiah’s attention away from himself to perceive God and His Work. This purifying God comes not to fry the sinner, but to purge the sin. God makes Isaiah’s lips vessels of truth and grace. Christ has done the same for you and me. Coming from heaven He tasted the fire of death to purify a people for himself and that includes you (1 John 3:3).
And because of God and His work, he finally says Go! (Isaiah 6:8–9 ESV) “And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here I am! Send me.’ And he said, ‘Go, and say to this people.’”
Isaiah preaches interesting message, and then he goes. In this world, you are sent. To love and serve our invisible God by loving and serving visible people.
Woe! Lo! Go! It’s a paradigm for the Christian life. For people who are never abandoned or forgotten or ignored by their God.
By the way, while I waited for the tow truck to arrive to pull me out of the ditch, I was not totally ignored. 5 people would stop to offer assistance, and 2 of them were members of St. Matthew. Wow! Thanks Patty Harrington and Ron Hyde; you were both messengers of mercy to me that day.