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August 2, 2015
“God Promised a Redeemer!”
Uniform Series Lesson: “Our Redeemer Comes”
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Isaiah is often referred to as the eagle-eye prophet for his ability to foresee the birth of Christ some 700 years before it occurred. Though much of his ministry was filled with rebuke and warnings to God’s people over their wicked ways, he was also able to encourage them through what the Lord allowed him to see in their future.
And, what the Lord allowed him to see in today’s lesson was that the Redeemer was coming! Yes, they messed up and forsook His laws and His ways; they oppressed one another for gain and worshiped idols. But, God had a plan of salvation that did not depend on man’s ability; rather, it was something He Himself would accomplish through His plan of salvation for all who would accept Him.
In a poem I previously wrote and published titled “My Redeemer Lives!” it says:
When fear surrounds
And questions lurk
And doubt becomes
A prevalent force;
When troubles prevail
And night overtakes day
And my times feel lost
At the end of my course.
When hope slips, memories fade
I grab hold to pull you near,
To hear what You have to say.
My Redeemer lives are the words I read
The whispers that encourage,
The strength to stay.
Sitting in the ashes and dust
Friends, miserable comforters
In companions, No trust.
Alone and desolate
Vacant from the touch of love
My eyes raise in prayer
Seeking from Him that is above.
Back down on the pages
There I read,
My Redeemer lives;
Someone, somewhere is thinking about me.
A revelation to encourage,
A truth when life feels dead and cold.
My Redeemer lives, hope is not lost
Though turbulent waves crash
And my life feels tossed.
Shine down, O Savior, I pray
My understanding fails.
Lift me from this dusty sorrow;
Let Your might, Your love, Your truth prevail.
Bless my soul, O My Hope for tomorrow,” (©Word for Life Says).
There is comfort in knowing that after dealing with all the injustice and turmoil of this life, our Redeemer is alive and He is coming back to set things right.
“God sees it all!”
Isaiah 59:15 “Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey. And the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.”
Isaiah opens this chapter expressing the fact that God’s “hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy that it cannot hear,” (Is. 59:1). Isaiah reminded the people that it is not God who lacks the ability to “save” or to bless; rather, the only reason they were not seeing what they wanted to see was because their own sin cast a shadow over everything.
Verse 2 lets them know that it was because your iniquities came in between this love relationship with God and caused a separation.
In verse 3 the finger of blame is pointed at the people for their wrongs:
“Your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath uttered perverseness,” (emphasis mine).
There is a saying “When you point one finger, there are three fingers pointing back to you.” But, when God is the one with the charge and accusation you best believe He is righteous in His judgments and clear of any and all wrongdoing.
In essence, the people have severely messed up causing judgment to come. Between verses 8-14 it is referenced 4 x’s that judgment has virtually vanished from the land. And when God saw it, it displeased him that there was no judgment. There seemed to be no one who would take the side of right.
God notices when there is a lack of spiritual truth amongst His people (people have a hard time believing that, don’t they?). Men turned their backs on God; on His truth. They have fought and still fight against His truth in the land.
Isaiah described this as a time when truth faileth. God’s truth had become a buried treasure that none sought to unearth. Rather, in its place the worthless and false prevailed to carry the people further down the path of their transgressions. Sinfulness was the path chosen, “For they would not walk in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his law,” (Is. 42:24).
As a result God is the one who “gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers,” (Is. 42:24). Sadly this is what happens when truth fails or falls away from a land or a people and they forget their God. “So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite’s hope shall perish,” (Job 8:13). Psalms also warns, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God,” (Psalm 9:17).
Truth is a defender and a marker. When anything is compared against truth it is seen for what it truly is, be it wrong or right. Without God’s truth in operation the right becomes veiled (covered and unable to defend what it just) and the wrong looks right because that marker of comparison is no longer prevalent.
In verse 14, prior to this lesson it said that “judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.” Because truth does not stand justice has fallen. When truth is not defended or stood up for that which is right cannot enter in.
The fault lies within the frailty of man to keep and uphold God’s righteous judgments.
Whether people want to admit it or not, truth is an absolute. It’s non-negotiable. There’s no finagling with it or altering it. When it is suppressed, the system of the world changes to the point of not recognizing it or totally ignoring what is right (much like we see going on in our current times).
Truth is not opinion based and that’s much of man’s problem with it. Rather than trying to conform to it, he seeks to try to vanquish it altogether.
But, truth will always be truth. If man will not defend it, God will.
Our lesson tells us, “the Lord saw it.” “The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men,” (Ps. 33:13). The lack of justice has not escaped His all-seeing eye. He not only saw the falling away of truth but He saw those that would try to depart from evil become a target of those who wanted to continue to promote sinfulness.
This too, is something we see alive and well in our land today as those who stand by their faith become persecuted and preyed upon by those with evil intent. They are purposefully sought out to be devoured by the promotion of evil. Amos 5:10 tells us they that try to live and speak what is right are hated.
But, God sees it all and what He sees displeases Him. He is the “God of truth” and all His ways revolve around “judgment,” meaning justice, (Deut. 32:4). Therefore, anything or anyone who opposes these two characteristics opposes Him who is also identified as such; and, God ain’t happy with that.
“Where have all the good guys gone?”
Isaiah 59:16 “And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him: and his righteousness, it sustained him.”
Upon further inspection he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor. The deprivation of humanity had fallen so deeply in spiritual disrepair (on a continual downward spiral since the fall in the Garden of Eden) no human would be capable enough to stand in the gap. God was looking for a hero to champion His cause and He could find none, (see also Is. 41:28).
The book of Ezekiel reveals a similar search: “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none,” (33:20, emphasis mine).
There was no spiritual defender amongst men to fill the void. David once said, “Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men,” (Ps. 12:1). Oh, the plea for someone to stand up for right!
Alas, the gap remained and with it the emptiness went unanswered due to the lack of a mediator. The break in the relationship between man and God at that time continued for there was no hero to be found.
Note: “Thank God for Jesus who became the go-between in this broken relationship between man and God. 1 Timothy 2:5 tells us, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” Over and over again we see that Jesus was the final and absolute only solution for God to win the battle for salvation against sin. He was the HERO God needed to save mankind.”
God stepped up to do what man could not do. God handles His business. Therefore his arm brought salvation unto him: and his righteousness, it sustained him, (compare to Isaiah 63:5; see also Jer. 5:1 and Is. 41:28). Because there was no one to fill the need that God was looking for in man, His own arm brought salvation.
God’s arm represents the strength and authority of all that He is. “God has spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God,” (Ps. 62:11). There is none that can deliver like He can, so God was the one who would go to battle for His people; He only has the power to save! “The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies,” (Is. 42:13). God was going to do what man could not!
He, by His own plan and His own might, would bring forth salvation. He, “by his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory,” (Ps. 98:1). God would do it! “With the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption,” (Ps. 130:7). God authored the plan of salvation to redeem His people from physical and spiritual captivity. God was ready to do battle against evil and injustices!
“Clothed to fight!”
Isaiah 59:17 “For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.”
God “dressed” Himself for the battle ahead. God is and always will be the greatest adversary against sin. Because of the great injustices that have been done along with the unrepentant behavior of man, God will garb Himself with warrior attire strengthened with all that is His power to oppose His enemies.
Here He is said to have put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head. Most Bible students would immediately identify this with the Apostle Paul’s teaching on the “whole armor of God” found in Ephesians 6. There the Christian is admonished to be fully dressed in all that God gave them to be able to “stand against the wiles of the devil,” (Eph. 6:11).
Here, as God is coming against sin He is geared up for war. He dons righteousness (as if He really needs to “put it on” because it is who He already is. The imagery is for the benefit of man). “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne,” (Ps. 97:2; see also Ps. 89:14). These characteristics lay at the very center of all that He is. To do what is right; to satisfy the requirements for everything that is just and true, and to stand for justness, that’s who He is. (Read Isaiah 11:1-5 and Matthew 1:1 to link the prophesies of the Messiah with Jesus to be the fulfilled instrument of righteousness that God will use).
Compare that to the “righteousness” of man and the Bible lets us know point blank, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away,” (Is. 64:6). Our attempts at “righteousness” cannot even begin to stand up to God’s.
In the same light, God “wears” salvation to overthrow the enemy of sin. Man CANNOT save himself. The psalmist readily admitted, “In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God,” (Ps. 62:7). It’s “in God!” There is no other place and no other way for man to be saved outside of the plan of God.
Jeremiah lets us know, “Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains: truly in the LORD our God is the salvation of Israel,” (Jer. 3:23). If God’s salvation is not in it, then the battle, you won’t win it. The sad case comes when so many know this invaluable truth and yet, still refuse to accept it. Rather, they go on in their display to relish in a life of sin while renouncing and rebelling against God.
When God comes to battle, He will be wearing the most dreadful of all garments: vengeance. God will, with the force of the mightiest warrior, fight for it! Hebrews 10:31 tells us, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” When it comes to dealing with sin God will not hold back. He will not patty cake sin or just be content with a slap on the wrist. When the time of judgment SHALL come, God will exact holy retribution onto whom it’s due.
His passion; His zeal to see a just end at the conclusion of the war against sin will not let Him rest until all is fulfilled. God would stop at nothing to gain this salvation for man right down to sacrificing His own Son.
We are used to seeing the word zeal associated with Paul when he described his background to those he wrote to in Philippians (3:6). He was on a mission that would not be thwarted until Jesus knocked him off his beast on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:3-4). God’s mission against sin is greater in every way! God had/has an earnest, on fire resolve to permanently strike a blow against sin. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness,” (Rom. 1:18).
God will persevere to the completion of His plan. God will defend His cause . . . He will defend His Word . . . He will defend His people . . . He will defend His law . . . He will defend His promise. With vengeance He will FIGHT for it!
“Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord!” (Ro. 12:19).
Isaiah 59:18 “According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence.”
Weight for weight and measure for measure sin will receive its just deserts. No matter the enemy, as they have done unto God and unto others, so it will be done unto them. God will repay!
Over and over again we are reminded “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap,” (Galatians 6:7). It’s time we take that verse out of the joy night service and really pay attention to what God is saying here.
This is a verse not be used against others. This is a verse that one should use to compare and examine their own lives to make sure they don’t fall on the side receiving God’s fury like the enemies stated above.
Listen, I live around the corner from a prominent cemetery in our area. It serves the needs of all people, but they specialize in handling the burials of fire fighters, paramedics, and police officers. It is not unusual to see a processional of cars go by on any given day to lay a loved one to rest. Sometimes the line is long and sometimes it is short. If it is one of those specialized burials, then the whole affair is catered to honor the life of the one who has served. There are what seems like hundreds of police cars from all over, horses, raised flags, gun salutes, honor guards and the like. It becomes a beautiful send off in the midst of sorrow.
No matter whom it is I often wonder about the individual being laid to rest. It becomes a stark reminder for me to follow the prudent advice of Paul and examine myself. We all have areas that need improvement; things that we can do better. Sometimes a close, personal examination is the only thing that will draw it out of us, to see “whether ye be in the faith,” (2 Cor. 13:5). Are we where we need to be when our time comes to be at the head of that processional? I pray that we all are.
In the end, we are all responsible for the choices we have made.
Rest assured God will have the final say over every one of His enemies. He will pour out the fury of His wrath upon them (Rev. 16:19).
God will shut all enemies up for good (Is. 41:1)!
“Fear the name!”
Isaiah 59:19 “So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.”
When judgment comes they will learn and know to respect and worship the name of the Lord. “From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised,” (Ps. 113:3). God is ALWAYS victorious! God will ALWAYS get the glory!
It doesn’t matter if in their life they rebelled and mocked, when that day comes they will respect HIS HOLY NAME!
When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him. God will put all enemies to flight (according to some interpretations). The world and its systems may think they have the upper hand in trying to overthrow God, but here we see affirmation that the King of all kings, and the Lord of all lords shall reign and be victorious. As a matter of fact, Isaiah also says, “I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear,” (45:23; see also Romans 14:11 and Philippians 2:10).
Let the enemies come because God is going to take of them. Let them rebel – God will lift up a standard against him!
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).
So, the enemy may try to rise, but God shall rise higher!
“The Redeemer shall come!”
Isaiah 59:20-21 “And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD. As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.”
The Redeemer shall come. Those that are repentant; those who turn from transgression will meet Jesus face to face!
Oh, what a day that will be! The chains and the shackles of this world will be permanently loosed and true freedom will come once and for all. God’s people will rise to reign in victory because the Redeemer has come!
At Jesus’ first coming He was a babe in a manger who grew to become our Savior; our sacrifice on the cross. At His second coming, He’s coming with all power of heaven to judge, “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works,” (Mt. 16:27).
For the unrepentant it will be a fearful time: “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory,” (Mt. 24:30, emphasis mine).
Luke 21:25-28 explains it to be a time of “distress of nations, with perplexity” and that “men’s hearts failing them for fear.” That the “powers of heaven shall be shaken,” and then they will see the “Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”
The end of verse 28 encourages us, “Lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh!” The Redeemer is coming! The Redeemer will judge! The justice that is lacking in the world for His people, He will avenge (Luke 18:7-8).
The Redeemer is coming for His covenant people!
We can identify the word covenant as being synonymous with promises or oaths; words that dictate the character of a binding agreement not soon to be broken. This is the kind of God we serve. Once He puts a plan or a word in action, He follows through. He’s a follow-through God.
In Jeremiah 31:31-33 tells us a new covenant that God will write on the hearts of man. The “new” that God was going to do would not resemble the same as He established with their forefathers. “New” did not mean recycle or upcycle to God. New meant new. A new way of doing things. A new story to tell. A new deliverance to grant to a lost and dying world. New!
The whole idea behind the new covenant is to restore. Restoration will wholly take place when people are made new. People are made new when they enter into a new relationship with God. When they do that, God forgives their sins. It’s the message behind the Bible; it the message centered in the Gospels; it’s the message carried through to Jesus Christ on the cross, the testator of the New Testament; the new covenant (see Hebrews 9:14-22).
In Matthew 26:28 Jesus declares, “For this is the blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Jesus was and is the new covenant; the Redeemer that would take away the sins of the world to those who accept Him. He was the one endowed in the Spirit and spiritually birthed seed that will rejoice at His coming! Look at the verses below:
- “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name,” (John 1:12, emphasis mine).
- “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus,” (Galatians 3:26, emphasis mine).
- “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God, (Ephesians 2:19, emphasis mine).
- “Ye are Christ’s!” He has secured membership for you and me. He has redeemed us and set in a place to be called His own. We are now “joint-heirs” with Him, we are connected with Him, (Romans 8:17, emphasis mine).
The Bible tells us, “Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men!” (Psalm 31:19, NKJV, emphasis mine). God promised a Redeemer and our Redeemer is coming! We who belong to Him have something to get happy about!
Although Isaiah’s prophesy pointed out the lack of judgment in the land during his day, much of what he spoke of we see alive in our world today. Take heart and don’t be discouraged, dear Christian. Your Redeemer is still on the throne and He is coming back soon.
(Click here for PDF: God Promised a Redeemer Sunday School Lesson,or simply click the print button below. Enjoy!)
Below are activities to support this week’s lesson. Enjoy!
Draw the Scene: God Promised a Redeemer Draw the Scene (Use this PDF link for accurate printing)
How Many Words?: God Promised a Redeemer How Many Words (Use this PDF link for accurate printing)
Memory Verse: God Promised a Redeemer Memory Verse (Use this PDF for accurate printing)
Please Note: I may or may not add more activities at a later time. Please check back later in the week. Blessings dear readers!
Below are more Activities/Resources/Links to support this week’s lesson that focus on Jesus because He is our Redeemer. Enjoy!
“Isaiah Powerpoint” from Bibleforchildren.org
“Isaiah Coloring Book” from Bibleforchildren.org
“Isaiah Coloring Sheet” from Coloringpages7.com
“Christ the King Craft” (With just a few supplies your students will enjoy putting together this simple craft that really emphasizes Christ the King. Enjoy!)
“Jesus is the King of Kings” (Scroll down the page to find and easy printable that gets the point of today’s lesson across nicely. Enjoy!)
“Crown of Jesus” (Who’s your Redeemer? JESUS! Show your Jesus pride with this easy, printable crown for students to decorate and color with the name of Jesus standing out in the front of it. Awesome! Affordable! Quick! Easy! Enjoy!)
“Bible Verse Art Project” (I absolutely love this art project. It goes well with ANY Bible verse for ANY lesson. I guarantee you will use this. Enjoy!)
“To the Cross Bean Bag Game” (This game is easy and excellent for any lesson review. I have done this before in our class. My students really enjoyed it. With just construction paper and bean bags (you can make yourself with beans and old socks) you can easily adapt this to this week’s lesson. Enjoy!)
“Sin Gets Heavy” (This object lesson can be easily applied to our lesson to demonstrate the heaviness of sin and link it to our relief of what the Redeemer can do for us. Enjoy!)
“Real or Fake” (This is a great idea to put together a slideshow to illustrate the difference of real or fake and link it to our true Redeemer that can only be found in God. Enjoy!)
“God Power” Coloring from Colortime.com (I absolutely love this one!)
“Jesus Saves Picture Frame Craft” (This is a great idea but may be too complicated for some classes. I think a great adjustment to this would be to use white paper plates and decorate as a life preserver, leaving an empty circle for kids to draw a picture of themselves in it. Enjoy!)
“Jesus Toilet Paper Craft” (This awesome craft of Jesus Christ declares who He is and what He has done for you. Enjoy!)
“Jesus Color By Number” (Students can color Jesus’ name by following the specified numbers with colors. It also has the John 3:16 verse attached to it. Enjoy!) For the coloring sheet without numbers click here to print .
“Jesus Puppet Craft” (Make a Jesus puppet to illustrate today’s lesson. This one was originally for the story of the Ten Lepers but a Jesus puppet can go with any of His stories. Simply scroll down to the Jesus puppet craft, click and print. Enjoy!)
“Jesus Crafts for Kids” (Incorporate any one of these activities to fit with our lesson. I particularly like the “Standing Jesus Pic,” instead of writing Jesus loves me, you can write Jesus prays for me. Enjoy!)
“How to Draw Jesus: 7 Steps” (Your students can follow these simple step by step instructions to draw a picture of Jesus for themselves to help them to remember the One that is praying for them. May be more suitable for older students. Enjoy!)
Another “How to Draw Jesus Easy” (More cartoonish and adaptable to varied age groups)
“How to Draw Jesus Christ” (This one is geared to the younger students and I think they will enjoy it greatly. What fun your students will have when they find out they can draw a picture of JESUS themselves. Awesome for this lesson or just about any lesson. Also comes with a “print friendly” version. Enjoy!)
“Name of Jesus Coloring Sheet” (Not a color-by-number, but a color-by-color sheet. Enjoy!)
Any cross craft can show how Jesus became our Redeemer. Enjoy!
“Cross Crafts for Kids” (Here you will find 10 different cross crafts for kids. Enjoy!)
“Salt Painting Cross Craft” (This craft is super easy if you have salt, paint, construction paper and glue. I did something similar to this on another project and it was well received. Enjoy!)
“The Colors-of-Christ Cross Bead Craft” (Offers step-by-step instructions. Enjoy!0
“Cross Art” (Easy finger painting idea that comes out to be a beautiful art piece. Enjoy!)