“I am the Lord… I will not give my glory to another.” Isaiah 42:8
After Elijah was taken to heaven in a whirlwind, his successor Elisha continued Elijah’s work as a prophet to Israel. God used him, like Elijah, to perform miracles—multiplying the oil of a poor widow, raising a Shunammite woman’s son from the dead, purifying a poisoned pot of stew, and more.
At this time, Israel was ruled by King Joram. The land of Aram to the northeast (located in present-day Syria) was ruled by King Ben-hadad. In 2 Kings 5, Naaman—the commander of the army for the king of Aram—sought out Elisha for healing of a skin disease. Naaman recognized the one true God (2 Kings 5:15), but Aram was an enemy of Israel and waged war against the people.
Each time the king of Aram made plans to attack Israel, God revealed the plans to Elisha and he alerted Israel’s king so Israel could thwart their enemy’s plans. When Aram’s king discovered Elisha was to blame, he was determined to kill God’s prophet and sent an army to surround the place where Elisha was hiding. Elisha’s servant saw the enemy army and was afraid, but Elisha could see something the servant couldn’t see: an army of the Lord outnumbering the Arameans covered the mountain, ready to protect Elisha.
God blinded the enemy army, and Elisha led them to Samaria where the king of Israel could have killed them. Instead, Elisha told the king to feed the men and send them home. Those raiders did not come into Israel’s land again.
This story in 2 Kings 6 reveals that the world is not limited to what is seen. As you talk with your kids this week, emphasize that God opened the eyes of Elisha’s servant so he could see God’s protection. God is always with us. Jesus came to earth as the visible image of our invisible God. God’s protection from sin and death is given to everyone who trusts in Jesus.
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BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
- The king of Aram sent an army to surround the city where Elisha was.
- God let Elisha’s servant see the army of the Lord protecting them.
- God protected His people.
KEY PASSAGE: Isaiah 42:8
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
- How many gods are there? There is one true God.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:
- How did Elisha know where the Aramean army would be?
- How would it feel to be Elisha’s servant and see God’s army?
- How does God protect us from sin and death?
- Choose a few moments this week to visualize Jesus with you. Invite children to imagine Jesus at the table while you eat, on the couch while you watch television, or riding in the car with you as you commute. Remind children that He is always with them even though they cannot see Him.