September 22

The Visions of God’s Strength
(Elisha and the Army)

2 Kings 6

Nursery

Key Passage:
Isaiah 42:8

Christ Connection:
Jesus showed people God’s love and power.

Story Point:
There is one God.

Big Ideas:

  • God told Elisha the king of Aram’s plans.

  • God rescued His prophet from the king of Aram.

  • God sent Jesus to rescue us from sin.


Preschool

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

Christ Connection:
Elisha’s servant could not see God’s protection, so God let him see. God is always with us. Jesus came to earth so people could see God. God protects us from sin and death when we trust in Jesus.

Big Picture Question:
How many gods are there? There is one true God.

Story Point:
God protected His people.

Big Ideas:

  • God told Elisha the king of Aram’s plans.

  • God rescued His prophet from the king of Aram.

  • God sent Jesus to rescue us from sin.

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?

Family Activities:

  • 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 in the car with you as you commute. Remind children that He is always with them even though they cannot see Him.


Younger Kids

Bible Story Summary:

  • The Aramean army was planning to attack God’s people.

  • Elisha warned the king of Israel, so the king of Aram wanted to capture Elisha.

  • God protected Elisha with an invisible army.

  • God blinded the Aramean army, and Elisha led them away from the city they wanted to attack.

Key Passage:
Isaiah 42:8

Story Point:
God protected Elisha with an invisible army.

Big Picture Question:
How many gods are there? There is one true god who alone deserves worship.

Christ Connection:
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 a visible image of our invisible God. God’s protection from sin and death is given to everyone who trusts in Jesus.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why do you think God sent an invisible army, instead of one the Arameans could see?

  • How does God protect us today?

Family Activity:
Take your family on an outing to a park on a windy day. Fly a kite and talk to your kids about the power and force of the wind despite our inability to see it. Remind your kids that God is all-powerful even though we cannot see Him.


Older Kids

Key Passage:
Isaiah 42:8

Story Point:
God protected Elisha with an invisible army.

Big Picture Question:
How many gods are there? There is one true god who alone deserves worship.

Christ Connection:
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 a visible image of our invisible God. God’s protection from sin and death is given to everyone who trusts in Jesus.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why was the king of Aram unable to capture Elisha?

  • Share about a time when God “opened your eyes” to something that is true about Him.

  • We can’t see God, so how do we know He is with us? (See Galatians 2:20)