This week we are looking at the first part of the prophet Elisha ministry focusing on 1 Kings 19:19-21 and 2 Kings 4. We will pick up on the rest of his ministry in the following weeks. In this lesson we will learn about:
- Elisha leaves everything to follow Elijah (1 Kings 19:19-21)
- Elijah and Elisha (2 Kings 2)
- Elisha and the widow’s oil – (2 Kings 4:1-7)
- The Shunammite women’s house (2 Kings 4)
Elisha Lesson Guide
Begin by reviewing last week’s lesson on Elijah. Remind your child how God told him to anoint Elisha and that Elisha became Elijah’s helper. Speak to your child about how we respond to helping others and serving God. Elisha was busy working in the field, but he left everything behind to obey God. Think about the disciple in the New Testament who left things behind to follow Jesus. If your church supports a missionary, you could explain how they left their home to follow Jesus somewhere else. Reflect on how it can be hard to leave things behind, but how Jesus loved us to so much, he came from Heaven to Earth to save us.
Explain how Elijah helped Elisha, and Elisha helped Elijah. Thank your child for the ways they help you practically and help you learn new things. Think about some of the people God puts in our lives to help us grow.
Share how before Elijah was taken to heaven, he prayed that Elisha would have a double blessing. (2 Kings 2:2). Pray for your child, thank God for the ways He blesses you and ask Him to bless and be with your child. Thank God for the ways He blessing them already. Think of some of the ways God uses your family.
Read the account on Elisha and the widow’s oil from 2 Kings 4:1-7. Place a little olive oil in your child’s hand for them to feel and smell. Explain how oil was very precious in Bible times. Collect some contains from around your home and a jug of water. Try to guess how many containers you can fill before the jug is empty. Help your child to fill the containers. Share how God did a miracle by not allowing the widow’s oil to run out.
Explain how the widow needed the money to pay a debt. Show how without a miracle, she could not pay the debt. Share how Jesus has paid a debt that we could never pay ourselves.
Continue to read 2 Kings 4 and the account of the Shunammite’s women and a room for Elisha. Explain how they saw a need and went out of their way to meet it. Firstly, by providing food for Elisha and then by building a room for him. Think about some practical ways you can support to another Christian. Could you invite someone round for a meal? Care for someone who is unwell?
Think about how Jesus words in John 14:2-3, “In My Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going away to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and welcome you into My presence, so that you also may be where I am.” Explain how the Elisha would stop at the Shunammite’s house while passing through, but Jesus has prepared a place for us in Heaven to live with him forever.
Next week, we will continue with Elisha and think about Naaman’s leprosy (2 Kings 5:1-14)
Elisha Bible Story
Free printable Bible story covering some of the highlights of Elisha Ministry from 1 Kings 19 and 2 Kings 4. Ideal to use a bedtime story or lesson review
Games and Activities
Plough the Field
Mark some lines on the floor with masking tape. Have your child imagine the space is a field which needs ploughing.
Attach a small cardboard box to a piece of string and have them tree to pull the box around following the masking tape.
To turn into a competition. Take goes to see who can make the furthest without coming off the line or who can complete the whole line the quickest.
Pouring skills are a popular preschool learning activity, as well as fun for children enjoy.
Pouring develops several skills.
Critical thinking, Special Awareness, Eye-Hand Coordination, natural consequences to name a few.
There many fun activities that can practice pouring and you don’t have to use water (think sand). Use whatever works best for your setting.
The Shunammite women helped Elisha in a practical way. She saw a practical need and meet it.
Wouldn’t it be great if your child responded to the need they saw around them? If they saw something that needs tidying up, they just did it.
The best way to develop this skill is to be an example. Look for opportunities that you can meet the needs of others as a family and involve your child the process.
(Feed someone, put the chairs away at church, clean the church car park, buy new pencils for Sunday School)
Elisha Coloring Pages
Elisha Arts and Craft
Help build a room for Elisha with this free printable Bible Craft. Slide up and down to remember how the Shunammite’s women built Elisha a room.
- White card,
- Coloring pencils or crayons ,
- Scissor ,
- Print the template onto white card and collect supplies
- Color in the pictures
- Cut out the sections
- Place glue on the marked area
- Place house over the glued section.
- Allow a few seconds to dry.
- Slide the room in the gap between glued pieces.
- Slide room up and down to make it appear.