Use this Elijah Goes to Heaven Sunday School lesson to teach children about the story of Elijah and Elisha.
Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and answer the questions before clarifying the teaching.)
So far, we’ve learned about how the prophet Elijah challenged the prophets of the fake gods, Baal and Asherah, to prove if their God was real or not. Does anyone remember what the challenge was? (Elijah killed one bull and put it on the altar and the prophets of Baal and Asherah killed another bull and put it on their altar. The god who sent fire down from Heaven to burn up the bull would be proven to be the real god.)
And which god sent fire down from Heaven to burn up the bull, the fake gods or the real God? (The real God.)
Then Elijah took the prophets of the fake gods, Baal and Asherah, and killed them because they were teaching the people to worship fake gods instead of the real God.
Then, the bad queen, Jezebel, tried to kill Elijah, but Elijah ran away into the desert for a little while so that the queen couldn’t find him. While Elijah was in the desert, God told him to go find a man named Elisha and to tell Elisha that God chosen him to be a prophet too. Then Elisha became Elijah’s helper and Elijah taught Elisha how to be a prophet.
(Read 2 Kings 2:1-9 with your students.)
What do you think Elisha meant when he said he wanted to have a double portion of Elijah’s spirit? (Elisha meant that he wanted to be twice as good a prophet as Elijah was. He wanted to be twice as powerful so that he could serve God even more.)
(Read 2 Kings 2:10-12 with your students.)
What happened to Elijah? Where did he go? (God took him up to Heaven in a chariot of fire.)
Do you think God will take us to Heaven one day? (Yes.)
When will God take us to Heaven? (When we die.)
What do we have to do for God to take us to Heaven? (We have to believe in God and do the right things that God wants us to do.)
Then, immediately after Elijah went up to Heaven, Elisha became twice as powerful as Elijah had been. He took Elijah’s cloak and smacked the river and the river moved out of his way, just like it had done for Elijah.
Then he made a dirty river, that was killing people, clean.
One time, when some young men were being disrespectful to him, Elisha called two bears out of the woods and the bears killed the young men for being disrespectful to God and God’s prophet, Elisha.
After that, he made it so that a poor woman’s ingredients for bread kept getting more and more, just like Elijah had done. Elisha raised a dead boy back to life, just like Elijah had done.
He did all of these miracles from God and more because he had become an even more powerful prophet than Elijah.