Isaiah 53:6

Monday: All Have Sinned
Bible Lesson: Everyone has sinned, and sin has a penalty.
Memory Verse: Isaiah 53:6, We all, like sheep, have gone astray; each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him all our sin.
Introduction: Poetry
Today's verse is from the book of Isaiah, in the Old Testament. Who knows what language Isaiah is written in? We read it from Bibles that are translated into English, because we know English, but Isaiah was first written in Hebrew, because that's the language the Israelites knew. Today's verse was written like a poem in Hebrew. When it was translated into English for us, it's still like a poem.
Explanation: Isaiah 53:6
Today's memory verse is found in Isaiah 53:6. [Hold up the poster with the verse.] We all, like sheep, have gone astray. Each of us has turned to his own way. What is the verse talking about? Does it mean we've run off across a field somewhere or got lost in the woods? What does it mean we've turned to our own way? It means we've tried to do things our own way, instead of God's way. We've sinned.
Did you ever do that? Try to do things your own way, instead of God's way? We all do that sometimes.
Look at the next part of the verse: the Lord has laid on him all our sin. Who is the him? Whom has God laid our sin on? (Jesus.) Jesus had to take our sins on himself, when he died on the cross. He paid for the sins of the whole world.
Game: Follow the Shepherd
We're going to play a game called Follow the Shepherd. I'll be the shepherd, and all of you get to be the sheep and follow me around the room. Whatever I do, you do. So if I take big steps, you take big steps. If I swing my arms wide, you swing your arms wide. If I say a word from the memory verse, you say it too, but if you say a word I didn't say, you're out and have to sit out until the end of the round. When we get through the whole verse, we'll start a new round and everybody's back in.
[The first time through, keep to very short segments of words at a time, but on subsequent rounds you can say longer and longer parts of the verse at once.]
Announcement: Saying the Verse
Tomorrow, when you come to Bible School, if you can say your memory verse without looking, you can earn 200 points for your team's score. Each person who can say the verse can earn 200 points. So, if you want to help your team win more points, go home and practice your verse a few times. Don't forget the reference! On your way out the door tonight, you will be given a slip of paper with your verse on it. Don't lose it, because if you learn your verse, your team gets 200 more points!
You can say your verse for points tomorrow when you check in at the registration table.

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