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