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Old Testament Come Follow Me FHE Lesson – A Marvellous Work and a Wonder

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Isaiah’s words aren’t always easily understood, but if we dig deep, his prophetic messages are timeless. This week’s three lessons focus on learning line upon line, avoiding apostasy by following the prophet, and the safety that comes from letting the Lord be our refuge in the storms of life.

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Scripture

Isaiah 29:14

Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.

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Hymn

Seek the Lord Early | Children’s Songbook, pg. 108

I’ll seek the Lord early while in my youth,
And he will help me to know the truth.
I’ll search the scriptures and find him there,
Then go to our Father in fervent prayer.
I’ll seek the Lord early, and I’ll obey
His living prophets in all they say.
I’ll keep his commandments; his love will abound.
I will seek the Lord early, and he will be found.

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Lesson

FOR CHILDREN

Optional Video: This cute little clip from Frozen 2 is Olaf the Snowman feeling like he doesn’t understand everything yet, but he feels sure he will understand more when he is older.

Teach: While not “absolutely everything makes sense” when you’re older, if we listen to the Lord, He will teach us “line upon line.”

“Line upon line” means that He doesn’t expect us to know or understand everything all at once. God doesn’t expect us to be perfect after we get baptized just because we are accountable and know right from wrong. He knows we will still make mistakes. God’s way of teaching is one step at a time. We don’t have to be anxious or scared that we don’t know everything yet. That’s how it is for everyone! Even grown-ups! We are all still learning.

Read: Isaiah 28:9–10

9: Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk…
[God wants to teach the little children.]

10: For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
[God won’t overwhelm you with His knowledge all at once, but if you keep learning a little bit, and then a little more, and then a little more, He can teach you all you need to know.]

Video: This sweet video shows that if we keep at it, if we keep trying, if we keep learning, we can do great things. Line upon line, we can accomplish great things.

Testify: The Lord will reveal everything you need to know to you–but only a little at a time. If He revealed it all at once it would be so confusing and you would forget so much. But the Lord teaches each of us, children and adults alike, just little by little so we will learn and grow the way He intended.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

Teach: Isaiah was a prophet for many years. He had seen the Israelites be conquered. He had seen their faith and their lack of faith. He taught that when the Israelites acted in apostasy, not trusting in the word of the Lord through His prophet, they would not be satisfied by the false teachings they receive instead.

Read: Isaiah 29:8

8: It shall even be as when an hungry man dreameth, and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and, behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appetite: so shall the multitude of all the nations be, that fight against mount Zion.

Explain: When we fill our minds with appealing but false teachings, it’s like dreaming we ate a feast, but waking up hungry. It’s like dreaming of a refreshing drink but waking up parched. It seems satisfying at the moment, but it’s false. When we receive false teachings instead of the truth, we will lack the strength and integrity the truth provides.

Read: Isaiah 30:9–13

9:…This is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord:
10: Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:
11: Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.
12: Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon:
13: Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant.

Teach: A true prophet doesn’t simply teach what the people want to hear. A true prophet teaches the truth, even if it’s hard. A true prophet teaches the will of the Lord even if certain groups, individuals, political parties, or pundits would disagree with his teachings. Disobeying or apostatizing from the word of the Lord through His prophet may not have an immediate consequence, but Isaiah describes that it will eventually be like a dam that can’t hold anymore “whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant.”

Quote: President Harold B. Lee added clarity to this. Both prophets assure us that safety comes in heeding the words of the Lord given us through His prophet.

We must learn to give heed to the words and commandments that the Lord shall give through His prophet, “as he receiveth them, walking in all holiness before me; . . . as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith” (D&C 21:4–5). There will be some things that take patience and faith. You may not like what comes from the authority of the Church. It may contradict your political views. It may contradict your social views. It may interfere with some of your social life. But if you listen to these things, as if from the mouth of the Lord Himself, with patience and faith, the promise is that “the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; yea, and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his name’s glory” (D&C 21:6). To you Latter-day Saints everywhere, that promise [in D&C 21:4–6] will be yours if you will follow the leadership the Lord has placed within the Church, giving heed to their counsel in patience and faith. Look to the President of the Church for your instructions. If ever there is a conflict, you keep your eyes on the President if you want to walk in the light.

Video: This video bears testimony of the need for, and the reality of, living prophets in these last days.

Testify: We will need personal revelation to guide us through the troubled and murky waters of the last days, but that personal revelation will be in addition to, not in place of, the teachings of the prophet. Let us be careful not to put our personal feelings in the way of heeding the word of the Lord.

FOR SINGLE STUDY

Consider or Journal: Sometimes we can be discouraged by the trials that beset us. It can even feel like we are being picked on by the Lord.

How does knowing that you are a literal child of God and that your Heavenly Parents love you, help you to have greater trust in the Lord’s plan when it doesn’t seem to match your own plans?

Read: Isaiah 25:4-8

4 For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
5 Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low.
6 And in this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.
7 And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations.
8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.

Ponder: God is only good. He is a strength to the poor and needy, our refuge from the storm, our shadow from the heat. He protects us. He saves us from harm. If He is allowing us to pass through trials, His purpose is only to bless us.

How does knowing that God only gives us good gifts help encourage us when our trials seem great?

When we take time to ponder the blessings the Lord pours upon us–even in our trials–it helps us to endure with greater faith. God is at the helm, but He is also at our side. Instead of feeling alone asking, “Where did God go?” we can ask with sincere faith, “How is God still standing by my side even during this trial? How is He providing me with shelter and relief?”

It may take some time and perspective. We may not see it at the moment, but after the worst of the storm has passed, take time to notice how the hand of the Lord was with you, even when the trials were great.

Video: For further study, watch “Finding Refuge from the Storms of Life” by Elder Giménez.

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Activity

With little children, set out a “feast” with toy food or just set a table with empty plates and cups. Have everyone pretend to eat and drink. Dramatically rub your tummies. Make a big show of it. 

After everyone is “full,” finish the pretending and ask the children if their tummies really are full. Ask them if they feel filled and refreshed. Explain that when we trust in people or ideas who aren’t teaching the truth, it’s like dreaming you ate, or pretending you ate. It may feel fun or even satisfying while you’re doing it, but then you realize you’re just as hungry as before.

The truth Jesus teaches (through scriptures or through the prophets) gives us real relief. Jesus taught, “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14). 

The truth of the gospel is satisfying, like a refreshing drink of cool water. Teachings that contradict the Lord are like pretending to drink. It can never fill and satisfy you.

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Rebecca Wright
Rebecca Wright
Becca loves audiobooks, dark chocolate, singing, hiking, walking,  going out with her husband, and raising their chickens and children. She still wants to meet her hero Sheri Dew, see flowing lava and a blue whale in person, and uplift others with her words.

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