Old Testament 2022
October 3–9. Isaiah 58–66: “The Redeemer Shall Come to Zion”

“October 3–9. Isaiah 58–66: ‘The Redeemer Shall Come to Zion,’” Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Old Testament 2022 (2021)

“October 3–9. Isaiah 58–66,” Come, Follow Me—For Primary: 2022

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Jesus in the Synagogue at Nazareth, by Greg K. Olsen

October 3–9

Isaiah 58–66

“The Redeemer Shall Come to Zion”

The activity ideas in this outline are meant to inspire your creativity. Do not feel obligated to follow them exactly; follow the promptings of the Spirit before and during your lesson.

Record Your Impressions

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Invite Sharing

Many of Isaiah’s words testify and teach about the Savior. Display a picture of Jesus Christ, and invite the children to share something they learned about Him this week.

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Teach the Doctrine: Younger Children

Isaiah 58:13–14

The Sabbath can be a delight to me.

The Sabbath day is a time for us to remember the Lord and rest from our weekly activities. How can you help the children you teach make the Sabbath a delight?

Possible Activities

  • Ask the children to repeat the phrase “Call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord” (Isaiah 58:13) several times. Explain that “delight” means something that brings us joy. Ask the children to share some things that bring them joy. Testify that the Lord gave us the Sabbath day because He wants us to have joy. Tell the children why the Sabbath is a delight to you.

  • Read to the children from Isaiah 58:14: “Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord.” Explain to the children that the Sabbath is a special day—a time when we can think about the things Heavenly Father and Jesus did to help us be happy. Help the children think of things they can do on the Sabbath to remember Heavenly Father and Jesus. Invite them to draw their ideas and share their pictures with one another and their families.

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“The Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light” (Isaiah 60:19). A Gift of Light, by Eva Timothy

Isaiah 60:1–3

I can shine the Savior’s light for others.

Isaiah prophesied that in the last days, the Lord’s people would be like a light for those who are in darkness. Consider how you can help the children “arise” and “shine.”

Possible Activities

  • Invite the children to close their eyes as you read Isaiah 60:1–3. Ask them to open their eyes when they hear the word “light” and close them when they hear the word “darkness.” Explain that Jesus Christ and His gospel are like a light that helps us see our way back to Heavenly Father.

  • Give each child a picture of a light (such as a sun, a candle, or a light bulb). Help them think of ways they can share the Savior’s light with others. As each idea is shared, invite them to “arise” and “shine” their light by holding up their picture. Tell the children about ways you have seen them sharing the Savior’s light.

  • Sing together a song about sharing light, such as “Shine On” (Children’s Songbook, 144). Help the children notice words in the song that reinforce what they learn from Isaiah 60:1–3.

Isaiah 61:1–3

Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer.

Isaiah 61:1–3 gives a powerful description of the Savior’s mission of teaching and healing. Look for ways to help the children see how Jesus Christ can teach and heal them personally.

Possible Activities

  • Let the children hold pictures of Jesus teaching, healing, and helping others as you read Isaiah 61:1 (see the Gospel Art Book). Explain that God sent Jesus Christ to do these things for all of us. Ask the children to share their feelings about Jesus Christ. Testify of the Savior’s love for each of the children.

  • Isaiah 61:3 describes those who listen to and obey the Lord as “trees of righteousness.” Draw a tree on the board, and invite the children to think of righteous things they can do. For each idea, let the children draw a leaf on the tree.

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Teach the Doctrine: Older Children

Isaiah 58:6–11

Fasting blesses me and others in need.

Some of the children you teach may be old enough to fast. But even those who are not can benefit from learning about the Lord’s law of the fast and preparing to fast when they are ready.

Possible Activities

  • Write on the board Why do we fast? and How do we fast? Invite the children to write possible answers on the board. Encourage them to review “Fast, Fasting” in Guide to the Scriptures (scriptures.ChurchofJesusChrist.org) and Isaiah 58:6–11 to find additional answers. How might Isaiah 58:6–11 help us when fasting is difficult?

  • Share with the children a personal experience with fasting, or share a story from a Church magazine about fasting. Emphasize the blessings that come from fasting with a spiritual purpose. If any of the children have fasted, invite them to share their experiences. Encourage the children to talk to their parents next fast Sunday about what it means to fast. Help them understand what it means to fast with a sincere purpose and a prayerful heart.

  • Read together Isaiah 58:6–7, and explain that one way we “deal [our] bread to the hungry” when we fast is by donating the money we would have spent on food as a fast offering. Show the children a donation slip for tithing and fast offerings, and explain how to fill it out. Invite the children to read Isaiah 58:8–10, looking for the blessings we are promised when we fast. How can fasting bless us and those in need?

Isaiah 61:1–3

Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer.

Ponder how you might best use Isaiah’s words to strengthen the children’s testimonies of Jesus Christ as their Savior and Redeemer.

Possible Activities

  • Give the children a few minutes to read Isaiah 61:1–3 on their own. Then invite them to write on a piece of paper or in a study journal what these verses teach them about Jesus Christ. Invite a few of the children to share their thoughts.

  • Invite the children to share a phrase from these verses that is especially meaningful to them and explain why. How do these verses help us understand what Jesus Christ was sent to earth to do?

Isaiah 65:17–25

The Millennium will be a time of peace and joy.

Isaiah saw a time when God’s people will have peace and joy. This prophecy will be fulfilled when Jesus Christ returns to earth and reigns for a thousand years—an era called the Millennium.

Possible Activities

  • Isaiah 65:17–25 describes what the earth will be like when the Savior comes again. Divide the children into small groups, giving each group a few of these verses to read. After a few minutes, make a list together on the board of how life will be different in the “new earth” described in these verses (verse 17). Why will this be a time to be “glad and rejoice for ever”? (verse 18).

  • Before class, prepare word strips with words and phrases from the tenth article of faith. Invite one of the children to recite the article of faith, and ask the children to put the word strips in order. Help the children understand what this article of faith teaches us about the Millennium.

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Encourage Learning at Home

Invite the children to share something they learned today about the Savior with their families. Encourage them to read the scriptures with their families this week.

Improving Our Teaching

Ask inspired questions. Ask questions that invite the children to go beyond stating facts. For example, think of questions that encourage them to share their testimonies and experiences.