Children, Teens, Adults
60-90 minutes (depending on how difficult you make the pictures to find)
This scavenger hunt uses images from Isaiah 61 (using the NIV translation). You will hide 48 pictures representing lines from the chapter, and participants will try to find them. This activity is designed for group competition.
There are two different sets of participant worksheets at the end of this lesson. You can choose the level of difficulty for your group by selecting either the worksheet with descriptions of the pictures or the one with blanks. If you choose the one with blanks, participants will have to decide which pictures represent each of the different lines from the Scripture and put them in order.
- Isaiah 61
o Copies of the participant worksheets at the end of this lesson. Choose either the one with descriptions or the blank version (if you want to increase the difficulty). You will need one copy of the worksheet per team.
o Copies of the pictures representing lines from Isaiah 61. (One set per team – you can find these pictures on the Lesson and Material Downloads page at www.teachingthem.com. The name of the file is “Isaiah 61 Scavenger Hunt – Photos.”) There are 48 pictures in the file. Print them in color if you can, but black and white will be fine.
o Tape or some other means of posting the pictures in different places.
o (Optional) Prizes for the winning team.
o Print out copies of the participant worksheets at the end of this lesson (one per team).
o Print out copies of the pictures mentioned in the Materials section above (one set per team).
o Hide all the pictures around the teaching area, outdoors or in a large facility, where the group can be free to run around. Use the tape or other adhesive to hang the pictures in different places. You can increase the difficulty by hiding them in difficult-to-find places, or you can make them obvious for younger participants. You may choose to put multiple copies of each picture in the same place (one copy each for each different team to find), or you can hide them in different places.
o Divide participants into teams.
Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):
- “We are going to do a scavenger hunt that will help us better understand a chapter from the book of Isaiah.”
- “I’ve hidden 48 different pictures.” (Describe the general location where the pictures are hidden.)
- “Each one represents an image from chapter 61 of Isaiah.”
- “Each team will compete with the others to see who can find all 48 of the hidden pictures first.”
- “I’m going to ask that in the interest of good sportsmanship and fairness that you don’t take more than one copy of any of the pictures.”
- “Each of the 48 pictures is different from the others, so you will only need one copy.”
- “I’m also going to ask that teams stay together as they search for the pictures.”
- “That means that you can’t separate to find the pictures faster.”
- “If you separate, there’s a good chance that you will collect duplicate pictures and make it impossible for another team to finish.”
- “When you collect all your pictures, come back here and put them in the correct order on the floor (or have them stick them to the wall).”
- “The first team to put them all in the right order wins!”
- “Does anyone have any questions?” (Answer any questions that they have. Then pass out the participant worksheets from the end of this lesson. When you are ready, give them the signal to “GO!” If you need to give hints after awhile to help teams finish, feel free to do so. When every team has finished, award a prize to the winning team if you would like, and then have them answer the following questions to debrief the activity.)
- o How did your team work together?
- o What were your strengths as a team?
- o In what ways could you have improved?
- o Do the pictures help you understand the Scriptures from Isaiah 61 in a different way? How so?
- o Why do you think Isaiah (or God) used so many different metaphors in his writing?
- o What is your favorite part of the passage from Isaiah 61?
- o What will you take away from this activity?
|1||The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me|
|2||Because the LORD has anointed me|
|3||To proclaim good news to the poor|
|4||He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted|
|5||To proclaim freedom for the captives|
|6||And release from darkness for the prisoners|
|7||To proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor|
|8||And the day of vengeance of our God|
|9||To comfort all who mourn|
|10||And provide for those who grieve in Zion|
|11||To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes|
|12||The oil of joy instead of mourning|
|13||And a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair|
|14||They will be called oaks of righteousness|
|15||A planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor|
|16||They will rebuild the ancient ruins|
|17||And restore the places long devastated|
|18||They will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations|
|19||Strangers will shepherd your flocks|
|20||Foreigners will work your fields and vineyards|
|21||And you will be called priests of the LORD|
|22||You will be named ministers of our God|
|23||You will feed on the wealth of nations|
|24||And in their riches you will boast|
|25||Instead of your shame|
|26||You will receive a double portion|
|27||And instead of disgrace|
|28||You will rejoice in your inheritance|
|29||And so you will inherit a double portion in your land|
|30||And everlasting joy will be yours|
|31||For I, the LORD, love justice|
|32||I hate robbery and wrongdoing|
|33||In my faithfulness I will reward my people|
|34||And make an everlasting covenant with them|
|35||Their descendants will be known among the nations|
|36||And their offspring among the peoples|
|37||All who see them will acknowledge|
|38||That they are a people the LORD has blessed|
|39||I delight greatly in the LORD|
|40||My soul rejoices in my God|
|41||For he has clothed me with garments of salvation|
|42||And arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness|
|43||As a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest|
|44||And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels|
|45||For as the soil makes the sprout come up|
|46||And a garden causes seeds to grow|
|47||So the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness|
|48||And praise spring up before all nations|
|1||The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me||Dove|
|2||Because the LORD has anointed me||Anointing Oil|
|3||To proclaim good news to the poor||Mother Teresa|
|4||He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted||Bound Heart|
|5||To proclaim freedom for the captives||Broken Shackles|
|6||And release from darkness for the prisoners||Prisoner|
|7||To proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor||Megaphone|
|8||And the day of vengeance of our God||Fire From Heaven|
|9||To comfort all who mourn||Weeping Man|
|10||And provide for those who grieve in Zion||Weeping Angel|
|11||To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes||Crown|
|12||The oil of joy instead of mourning||Happy-Sad Faces|
|13||And a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair||Garment of Praise|
|14||They will be called oaks of righteousness||Oak Tree|
|15||A planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor||Planting|
|16||They will rebuild the ancient ruins||Bricklayer|
|17||And restore the places long devastated||Trowel|
|18||They will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations||Ruins|
|19||Strangers will shepherd your flocks||Flock of Sheep|
|20||Foreigners will work your fields and vineyards||Vineyard|
|21||And you will be called priests of the LORD||Jewish Priest|
|22||You will be named ministers of our God||Minister with Bible|
|23||You will feed on the wealth of nations||Map of Kingdoms|
|24||And in their riches you will boast||Fake Money|
|25||Instead of your shame||Shame on You – Pointing Finger|
|26||You will receive a double portion||Double Portion of Bread|
|27||And instead of disgrace||Man With Head in Hands|
|28||You will rejoice in your inheritance||Man Rejoicing|
|29||And so you will inherit a double portion in your land||Person Receiving Double Portion|
|30||And everlasting joy will be yours||Arrows Pointing in Opposite Directions|
|31||For I, the LORD, love justice||Scales of justice|
|32||I hate robbery and wrongdoing||Robber|
|33||In my faithfulness I will reward my people||Reward poster|
|34||And make an everlasting covenant with them||Rainbow|
|35||Their descendants will be known among the nations||Family Tree|
|36||And their offspring among the peoples||Big family|
|37||All who see them will acknowledge||Yes Man poster|
|38||That they are a people the LORD has blessed||Sunshine|
|39||I delight greatly in the LORD||Four People Jumping for Joy|
|40||My soul rejoices in my God||Child Rejoicing|
|41||For he has clothed me with garments of salvation||Jesus On The Cross|
|42||And arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness||Robe of Righteousness|
|43||As a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest||Groom|
|44||And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels||Bride|
|45||For as the soil makes the sprout come up||Sprout|
|46||And a garden causes seeds to grow||Seeds|
|47||So the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness||Jehovah Tsidkenu|
|48||And praise spring up before all nations||Desert Spring|
5 responses to “Isaiah 61 Scavenger Hunt (GAME)”
This game seems super fun and will make sure that participants have a deeper study of the chapter.
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That’s great to hear, Nnamani! Thanks for dropping by!
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