Category Archives: Miracles

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

 

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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

 

Celebrating God’s Miracles

LOGO 2015 english v2This year I’m celebrating 50 years since I was appointed missionary to Peru. Eight years earlier, as a ten-year-old, God had placed a call on my life to tell children about Him. That’s what I’ve been doing ever since!

I will be writing about some of the miracles on my personal blog, at http://kelund.wordpress.com. If you subscribe to that blog you can follow along all year.

Today I have published a story about a miracle God did in multiplying the soup I cooked. I was 15 at the time and we were living in Tarma, Peru. I grew up in Chile and Peru where my parents were missionaries.

Here is a picture of the family that received the Miracle Soup! Read the story on the page: STORIES FOR CHILDREN.

Martinez FamiilyI wish you God’s blessings and miracles. He is the same yesterday and today and forever. His arm is never too short to help us. Need a miracle? Trust the Lord!

A Prayer Chain for Leo

dialisis colorLeo was a very sick boy. He had to have dialysis treatments several times a a week and his condition was so bad he could any minute die of a heart attack. Leo was put on a prayer chain. As it turned out, thousand of people were praying for him. God answered prayer and Leo was healed.

This is a beautiful Thanksgiving story to read to your children and grandchildren. It’s also perfect to use in your Children’s Ministry. Find it under Stories for Children.

Answer to the activity:

40 Answers

Prayer ChainPrayer chain for your classroom. Cut strips of paper long enough to fold over and make a chain link. First write the children’s prayer requests on each strip of paper. Then start a chain of the requests, linking them together. Every week you can add to the chain, as new needs are mentioned. Continue to pray each week for each request. When you have answers, put them in chains and form another chain. Hang the chains in a visible place. If you share the room with others, store them in a box and take them out for each class period. After a time (3 to 6 months) start a new chain, or do something different to encourage prayer. Emphasize the need to thank God for answered prayers.

The Oil Miracle

I feel very connected with the woman I’m going to write about—a widow! I’ve had six years to practice being one. I keep holding on to the promise that God is a defender of widows and orphans. He defended the widow and orphans in the story I want to share.

2 Kings 4:1-7
The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.”
2 Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”
“Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”
3 Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. 4 Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”
5 She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. 6 When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.”
But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.
7 She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.” widows miracle

This lady inspires me faith! The prophet told her to work with what she had. But she couldn’t do it alone; she needed help. She had to ask her neighbors to give her jars. “Don’t ask for just a few,” the prophet told her. The miracle was going to depend on the effort she put into it! She worked hard and she had to believe the prophets words.

I often think about what she felt when she had poured the oil and asked for another jar, and her son said, “There is not a jar left.” How she must have regretted not being a little more diligent, because now the oil had stopped flowing. But she had enough to pay her debts. And she and her sons could live on what was left.

She inspires me because of the ministry the Lord has led me to. The Lord is my Provider. I’m retired. I live on my Social Security check and a pension check. How do I make it with all the expenses for the ministry? That is where I identify with the widow!

It’s been so clear to me these last few days that as long as I keep “pouring,” the oil will not stop. My dad has had this experience many times on the mission field. He would start a construction with no money in his hands but the Lord would provide as long as he kept going.

Mary, Dad’s Peruvian wife, told me a similar experience. They were building a dining hall for the feeding station in Huancayo. There was no money for the building. The builders offered to work on “credit,” and take a pay when money would come in. But as soon as they started, the “oil” kept pouring!

I feel that if I put in what I have, the Lord will not leave me stranded. I have a three-year contract for a translation job with lessons for orphans. That all goes to pay expenses. It feels good that through my work I can give work to others.

I often think about George Muller. He took care of thousands of orphans, and never asked for money. He just talked to God about his needs, and the Defender of orphans supplied what was needed. Do find a book about his life and read it. What an inspiring story!

Whatever your situation is, trust the Lord! And do pray for me, that I keep the faith. My purpose is to publish teaching materials for children around the world; free of charge! This week two more opportunities have opened up in Peru. One is the possibility to get some materials translated to the Quechua language.

Life is too short to just spend on myself. I love it that I have the opportunity to impact children for eternity. I could be a “regular” grandmother, just doting on my grandchildren, spending time with all my hobbies. That would be a waste of time and talents. Don’t take me wrong. I don’t mean that I waste time when I’m with my grandchildren, but when they are busy with their growing up activities, I can spend my time, my energy, and whatever dollars I have to pour the Living Water into children around the world.

My late husband’s and my verse for our life was Matthew 6:33.

 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

God honored the widow’s faith and gave her the oil she needed to get out of debt and to have money to live on. But she had to work for it. She borrowed the jars, going from neighbor to neighbor. She poured the oil and then she had to sell the oil.

The pictures above are done by Absalom-Leon in Costa Rica, an artist God has brought into my life as an answer to prayer. I hope that in time he will illustrate the entire Bible. I’m planning on doing PowerPoints so teachers can have these pictures in this modern media. Of course, we also do the pictures in a printing format.

Time and again I’ve proven that I just need to pray about my needs, about the kinds of people I need to help me fulfill the vision and commission the Lord has given me. When Paul spoke to King Agrippa he said he had not been disobedient to the heavenly vision. I cannot be disobedient.

I feel like the boy that gave his lunch to Jesus (see John 6:1-13). It wasn’t much, but in Jesus’ hands it became a miracle that ended up more at the end, AFTER 5,000 men (plus women and children) had eaten to satisfaction. Until my last breath I hope I will be busy doing the work of the Kingdom.

The oil miracle can be anybody’s miracle. Do you need a miracle? Put your life in God’s service. Seek his Kingdom first. There is no telling what miracles will come your way. It’s a matter of faith. Trust God for your miracle!

The most important miracle is the miracle of salvation in Jesus Christ!