Monthly Archives: November 2017

Four Lepers Bring Good News

Four lepers saved a city from dying of hunger! That’s today’s story. This biblical passage deserved to be highlighted. In the next issue we will have Daisy’s party and rest of the miracles God worked through Elisha.

Today’s Bible text has beautiful teaching for our life, especially the message of the memory verse.

“What we’re doing is not right.
This is a day of good news and we are keeping it
to ourselves.” 2 Kings 7:9 NIV

Ben-hadad, king of Syria, had mobilized his army to make war against Joram, the king of Israel. The city of Samaria was besieged. There was s little food there, that the head of a donkey cost eighty pieces of silver, what a worker earned in a month, and so desperate were some that they ate their children.

“I’m going to cut off Elisha’s head,” said the king. He blamed the Prophet for their desperate situation. God revealed to Elisha what the king planned to do and also that the following day there would be plenty of food.

The messenger the king had sent to cut off his head did not believe it. “Even if God opened windows in the heavens, that would not be possible,” was his reaction. Elisha told him that he would see it; but he would not eat of it. So it was! The king put him at the city gate and there he was run over. He saw the food; but he did not eat, just as Elisha had said.

Read the story in 2 Kings 6:24–7:20. It’s amazing that God used four lepers to give the good news that the Syrian army had fled.

“What we’re doing is not right. This is a day of good news
and we are keeping it to ourselves.”

The limited space of a single page for the story does not allow for all the details. I would have liked to widen the topic of the good news that we have:

  • for children who do not know the Lord, that they may believed the Gospel.
  • for believing children, to inspire them to spread the good news of salvation.

The Holy Spirit will guide each teacher to apply what their students need. This Bible passage also has a message for each one of us. The “party” in heaven is closer every day. Together with Jesus we will celebrate the wedding feast of the Lamb. The moment our Father decides that it’s time, He will sound the trumpet and Jesus will come in the sky. “This is a day of good news…” Are we proclaiming the news?

Enjoy this good news story with the children.

Salt and Pepper Story #18: Good News for Samaria

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The Invisible Power

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you
in all your ways.
Psalm 91:11

2 Kings 6:8-23

Today we have the wonderful story of the invisible army that surrounded Elisha. The king of Syria had sent an army searching for Elisha, to capture him. Why? Elisha divulged the war secrets of the king of Syria, so that they could not attack Israel. The prophet Elisha even knew what the king talked about in his private chamber. God revealed it to him! This is why the king of Syria was looking for Elisha.

When the King heard that Elisha was in Dothan, he sent a large army there. Elisha’s servant woke up one morning and saw the whole city surrounded by the enemy army, and he was afraid. But Elisha calmed him, because he saw the invisible. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them,” are the biblical words that highlight this lesson.

The servant saw nothing. There was not even a soldier to defend them! What did the Prophet see? The invisible army! A mountain full of horses and chariots of fire surrounded Elisha!

Elisha asked God to open the eyes of his servant. Later he prayed to God that the Syrians would be blinded. And in their blindness, he directed them to Samaria. As soon as they arrived, Elisha prayed again. This time God gives them back their sight. Surprise! Surprise! They were in the middle of the city of Samaria! Where their archenemy lived!

There, by recommendation of Elisha, instead of killing the soldiers, the king ordered a large party for them. They ate and drank; then the king dismissed them. The Syrian soldiers returned to their land, and stopped bothering the Israelites.

It is amazing to see the miracles that God did through Elisha. Just as God was with his servant thousands of years ago, he still watches over his children.

If God is for us, who can be against us? A whole army of horsemen and chariots of fire surrounded Elisha! Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world. God is our defender. The angel of the Lord encamps around us, and defends us. Read these passages and rejoice:

Psalms 27:1; 34:7; 118; Romans 8:31; 1 John 4:4; 2 Corinthians 10:4-6; Hebrews 13:6.

Welcome to read the story #17: The Invisible Army

An invisible army surrounds Elisha

The Syrian army is blinded

The Syrian army in Samaria, their eyes opened

The King of Israel offers a feast to the Syrian army

Hospitality in Shunem

One day Elisha went on to Shunem, where a wealthy woman lived, who urged him to eat some food. So whenever he passed that way, he would turn in there to eat food. And she said to her husband, “Behold now, I know that this is a holy man of God who is continually passing our way. 10 Let us make a small room on the roof with walls and put there for him a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp, so that whenever he comes to us, he can go in there.” 11 One day he came there, and he turned into the chamber and rested there. 2 Kings 4:-11

Today we have the story of a wonderful act of kindness. A woman who often had the Prophet Elisha as a guest, suggests to her husband that they make a Guest Room for him.

Hospitality is a beautiful thing. Use this story to teach the children to be kind and considerate to one another. They are not able to offer hospitality like the woman in Shunem, but they can be friendly, especially to children who are bullied. Teach them also to be good friends to new children in their school and neighborhood.

My assistant in Peru, Cristina Alvarez, has made patterns to make furniture for Elisha’s Guest Room.  We also have a PowerPoint you can use to teach the lesson.

Welcome to this weeks story, #16: A Guest Room for Elisha

Pepper Learns About Controlling Anger

Some time or another we have all had to fight anger. Even so the apostle Paul. He writes to the Ephesians: “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger” (Ephesians 4:26). God, who has made us to have feelings, has also given us the ability to control them. In this story we offer some guidelines about anger.

I’ve written some instructions, four easy steps to remember, but steps that we will have to practice over and over. Every time we get angry we must review the steps.

Our little friend Pepper is the main player in today’s story. He starts out with a question about anger and ends up practicing he steps he learns.

Here are some helps I have put together. In the PowerPoint Elisha gives the steps to control anger. I have made cards that you can print to give to the children.

Teaching on anger:  How to Control Anger

PowerPoint:  Controlling Anger PPT    PDF:  Controlling Anger PDF

Poster:  Steps to control anger    A4 size:  Poster A4

Cards:  Steps to control anger     A4 size:  Cards A4

Children must be taught anger control before there is a critical situation. When they are angry, it’s not easy to reason with them. This is a good opportunity to teach on this subject.

Welcome to read a new chapter in the Salt and Pepper story #15: The Anger Test