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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

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