Background: During the period of Israel’s history when the nation was divided in two and the kings who ruled were generally evil, God did not leave His people without a testimony to His presence and power. He sent them prophets. One of the prophets that God sent was named Elijah and immediately following Elijah was Elisha. Let’s see how God did a miraculous handoff of power from one prophet to the next.
Ask the children…
What happened when Elijah several times told Elisha to stay and wait for him?
“But Elisha replied, ‘As surely as the Lord lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you!” So they went down together to Bethel.'” (2 Kings 2:2)
“But Elisha replied again, ‘As surely as the Lord lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you.” So they went on together to Jericho.’” (2 Kings 2:4)
Elisha was committed to following Elijah wherever he went. When the Lord told Elijah he was going to die, he asked Elisha what he could give to him. Elisha asked to become Elijah’s successor as prophet and have the same power Elijah had. When Elisha saw Elijah taken up to heaven in a chariot of fire, he picked up Elijah’s cloak and what happened then?
“Elisha picked up Elijah’s cloak, which had fallen when he was taken up. Then Elisha returned to the bank of the Jordan River. 14 He struck the water with Elijah’s cloak and cried out, ‘Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?’ Then the river divided, and Elisha went across.” (2 Kings 2:13, 14)
Elijah was given the same power to do miracles that Elijah had. God demonstrated that He was still with His people. Ask your children if God is with His children today and if He still does miracles? Talk about miracles you have witnessed like healings, people coming to Christ, lost things that were found, etc. If you can’t think of any, ask God for eyes to see the miracles He is doing around us today.
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