Use this Elisha Sunday School lesson to show kids how that God often helps us through the aid of others, and that we should therefore always be willing to help!
Needed: Oil, empty containers
the students a container of cooking oil and ask if they've ever seen
something like it in their own homes. Then hand out the empty
Read the Scripture (2 Kings 4:1-7) or summarize it with the following:
was once a woman who owed a lot of money and didn't have any money to
pay her bills, so she was going to have give up her two children as
If you had children, would you want to give
them up as slaves to someone you didn't know? (No.) She didn't want to
either. She loved her children. So she asked the prophet Elisha for
The prophet told the woman to go around and ask
all her neighbors for empty containers (collect the containers from the
children) and to pour her oil into them.
The woman only
had a little bit of oil, but whenever she poured it into a container
that someone had given her, the oil never ran out! God just kept giving
her more oil. Then she sold the oil and had enough money to keep her
children and pay all the money she owed.
So who helped
the woman in that story? God helped the woman by giving her more oil,
but her neighbors helped her by giving her the containers for the oil.
And that's how things usually work with God. God helps us, but He wants other people to help us too.
So let's remember to help God help other people, just like the woman's neighbor's helped her.
Let's pray about that.
Prayer: Father God, we thank You for always helping us and for giving
us people to help us too. Remind us to also help others every chance we
get. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
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