Monthly Archives: October 2017

A Slave Girl’s Testimony

Today’s story focuses on a slave girl’s testimony that saved a general. Naaman, the commander of the Syrian army, was a leper. The girl could have felt revengeful, since she had been taken captive from her land of Israel. But this girl testified that in Israel there was a prophet of God who performed miracles. She spoke with her mistress and said to her,

“Would that my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy” (2 Kings 5:3).

God used this girl to bring healing to the afflicted general; but even more important than his physical healing was that he decided to serve the living and true God. He said to Elisha, “Please let there be given to your servant two mule loads of earth, for from now on your servant will not offer burnt offering or sacrifice to any god but the Lord” (v. 17).

God has not changed. He does miracles today as he did yesterday. Whatever you need, tell the Lord about it.

There are many beautiful teachings that can be applied to this story. The saddest thing is what happened to Gehazi, Elisha’s servant, who coveted the gifts that Naaman had brought, which Elisha would not receive. By deception he obtained those gifts; but it cost him dearly. Naaman’s leprosy struck him and his descendants!

Enjoy the story #14: The Girl Who Saved a Great General

The slave girl testifying to her mistress

Naaman and the King of Syria

Naaman dips seven times in the Jordan River

Naaman is healed

General Naaman offers gifts to Elisha

Gehazi asked for the gifts

The prophet Elisha turns Naaman’s leprosy onto Gehazi

May God bless you and the children wonderfully!

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The Widow and the Oil that Kept Flowing

2 Kings 4:1-7

One of the students in the School of Prophets died. The creditor arrived at the widow’s door to take her two children as slaves. Very desperate, the poor widow seeks Elisha’s help. He asks her what she has in the house. “Just a little oil,” she says. The prophet tells her to go and borrow empty vessels, “not too few.” Then she was to pour the oil into the vessels.

We do not know how many vessels she got; but the result of the miracle depended on the effort that she and her children put into obtaining empty vessels.

At the end of the day I think she regretted not having gotten more pots and pans! When she filled the last vessel with oil, there was no more. But she still had work to do. The widow became a business woman! She had to sell the oil to pay off her debt.

God makes us partakers of the working of miracles! The Lord not only provided for the debts of the past, but also for the needs of the future. “You and your sons can live on what is left,” said the prophet. For sure the widow wished she had tried harder to gather pots ans pans.

With this story God has inspired my Seed of Love ministry.

I invite you to read my testimony HERE.

It’s been 14 years since “Seed of Love” was born. May God multiply a hundredfold the acts of love we do in His Name!

Illustrate the story

It’s exciting to tell this Bible story using all sorts of containers to illustrate it. In today’s story Miss Beatrice filled oil in a pot, but she ran out of oil! In the biblical miracle the oil kept flowing. You can pretend to pour oil and ask a couple of children to pass you containers. If you get helpers to dress as in biblical times and represent Elisha, the widow, the creditor, and the two sons, the story will take on even more life.

God cares for widows and orphans

The verse I’ve chose for this lesson is very special to me. It reminds me that God is my protector.

Father of the fatherless and protector of widows
is God in his holy habitation. Psalm 68:5

This week it’s been ten years since I became a widow. I have seen God’s wonderful care and I want to honor His name for it. It is a great privilege to publish this story, this week! I did not plan it with calendar in hand. I don’t believe in coincidences. Everything has a purpose. Today is another reminder of God’s loving care, for widows and orphans, and for everybody. God’s love and grace is for you, too.

Be blessed with today’s story: #13  The Oil That Kept Flowing

 

The Double Portion Prophet

Elijah said to Elisha,
“Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.” And Elisha said, “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.”  2 Kings 2:9

It’s interesting to study the lives of these two servant prophets and the amazing miracles the Lord worked through them. In the Scriptures there are records of 10 miracles for Elijah and 20 for Elisha. Elisha asked for a “double portion,” and it was granted.

In the previous stories we’ve seen some of Elijah’s miracles. We will now have some of the great miracles in Elisha’s life. Presenting to the children each of the stories it’s important to emphasize that God is the same today; he can now do the same, and greater things. We saw this in Jesus’ promise that I referred to last week.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” John 14:12-14

Miracles performed through Elisha

  • Parting of the waters at Jordan (2 Kings 2:13-15)
  • Healing the bad waters (2 Kings 2:19-22)
  • Mountain bears tear 42 boys (2 Kings 2:23,24)
  • The country is filled with water (2 Kings 3:15-20)
  • Victory over Moab (2 Kings 3:18-27)
  • The widow’s oil (2 Kings 4:1-7)
  • A son for the Shunammite (2 Kings 4:12-17
  • The Shunammite’s son raised from the dead (2 Kings 4:32-37)
  • Deadly stew is purified (2 Kings 4:38-41).
  • Multiplication of 20 bread for 100 men (2 Kings 4:42-44)
  • Healing of Naaman’s leprosy (2 Kings 5:1-14)
  • Gehazi punished with leprosy (2 Kings 5:25-27)
  • The ax head floated (2 Kings 6:1-7)
  • Declaration of war secrets (2 Kings 6:8-12)
  • The servant’s eyes are opened (2 Kings 6:13-17)
  • The blinded Syrian army (2 Kings 6:18)
  • Syrian army taken captive (2 Kings 6:19-23)
  • Healing of the Syrians’ blindness (2 Kings 6:20)
  • Miracles in the siege of Samaria (2 Kings 6:31–7:20)
  • Elisha’s bones revive a dead man (2 Kings 13:20-21)

A common problem is bullying. This account of the bald prophet shows how seriously God considers bullying and how He punished it. Use this biblical account (2 Kings 2:15-25) to talk to the children about this problem. We have dealt with this subject in a previous story.

See:  Andy and the Coals of Fire

Welcome to read story #12: Miracles through the Bald Prophet

Elisha with Elijah’s cloak

Elisha pours salt to heal the bad water

The lost ax head

Ax head floats

Boy bully the prophet Elisha

Bullying boys attacked by bears

 

“Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?”

“Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” Here He is! As powerful today as He was then, when Elijah with his cloak split the waters of the Jordan; as glorious now as when He sent chariots and horses of fire and took his servant to heaven in a whirlwind.

Hundreds of years later, Elijah returned to earth, together with God’s servant Moses, and they talked with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-13). What did they talk about? Perhaps Moses and Elijah told Jesus how much they missed him in heaven, that they waited anxiously for his return. Or maybe they talked about the sacrifice on the cross that awaited the Master.

The God who sent fire from heaven, the God who split the waters in two for his prophets to cross over the river on dry land, the Creator of the universe, has always been present, in each generation He has been with those who serve him and fulfill his purposes.

The Word says of King David: “After he had served the purpose of God in his own generation” (Acts 13:36). Elijah served his generation. Before his departure, and through him, God prepared the next servant: the prophet Elisha.

”Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” asked this servant when his master had been taken away. He lifted the cloak that had fallen when Elijah left, and with the same cloak struck the waters of the Jordan. For him also the waters parted! And a double portion of the spirit of Elijah was upon him.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” John 14:12-14

This is the Lord’s message for us today. If we believe in Him we will do greater works. Elisha did twice the miracles that are recorded for Elijah’s ministry. The following stories will feature some of these miracles. God wants to inspire faith in his children. Our beloved Lord wants to remind us that today the God of Elijah is present with us. He has not changed. He is the same yesterday, and today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He wants to do greater works through you and me!

Dear Parent or Teacher, the God of Elijah wants to work wonders through you. God did great things yesterday; God wants to do even greater works today. The God of Elijah is by your side. Even in the worst of circumstances, trust Him. Some of you might be going through fire; maybe you are in deep waters. In times of suffering, God is with you. Never doubt his power!

But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”
Isaiah 43: 1-3

In today’s story we meet Elisha, who was willing to give up everything to follow Elijah. This surprised our friend Daisy. Here are some examples of other willing servants:

Willing servants

  • David: from Shepherd to Warrior and King
  • Peter: from Fisherman to Fisher of men
  • John and James left everything to follow Jesus.
  • Luke: from doctor to traveler and writer
  • Matthew: from tax collector to evangelist
  • Paul: from Pharisee persecutor to preacher of the gospel
  • Moses: from shepherd to deliverer
  • Joseph: from prisoner to ruler
  • Gideon: from peasant to faith-filled warrior
  • Esther: from orphan to Queen, who risked her life for her Jewish people

The most spectacular and extraordinary is yet to come. Elijah went to heaven in a whirlwind. One day soon Jesus is coming back to take us to our eternal home. We will be caught up in the clouds to meet Him in the air.

Are you ready to go with Him?

Are your children or students ready for that day?

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going. … I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:1-4,6

God bless you all, dear Parents or Teachers. The Lord make his face shine upon you and give you his peace.

Welcome to read Story #11: Horses and a Chariot Fire