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CHAPTER 15 | Elisha

THE STORY PAGES 211-212 // 2 Kings 6:8-23

Opening Prayer

Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide your time together.


Review Group Member Commitments (explain any as needed):

    1. We do our part to create a safe environment.
    2. We listen to each other.
    3. We commit to share our lives with one another.
    4. We direct each other to God for the solutions to our problems.
    5. We resolve conflict.

Hook into God’s Word

Share about a time you saw a sign, followed what it said, and were glad you did. Or, tell about a time you missed or ignored a posted sign and suffered for it.


Context of the Story 

God had created a nation from the small, fairly insignificant family of Abraham. But instead of gratefully following God’s instructions, they chose their own way time and time again. It finally led to great division. In fact, the only nation God had ever established was punished for disobeying God. God chose to divide the nation in two. Two different kings ruled the divided kingdom of Israel and Judah. Sometimes the kings were good. Sometimes bad. But God consistently sent prophets to each of the divided kingdoms to call them back to him.


Tell the Story

Have the storyteller/reader say, “Here is the story from God’s Word,” before telling the story to the group.


Rebuild the Story

  1. What do you think it felt like following God and being hunted for it?
  2. What does this story reveal to us about God? 
  3. What do you think it was like for Elisha to see God’s army around him?
  4. How do you think the servant felt when he saw Aram’s army surrounding them? What about when he saw God’s army?
  5. Can you imagine what it might have been like to be in the army of Aram after they were captured?
  6. Do you have any questions about anything in this story?


Application Questions*:

  1. Have you ever faced a situation in which you felt outnumbered? What does it mean to you that “Those who are with guys are more than those who are with them”?
  2. What might help you be better at observing what God is doing in difficult circumstances?


Closing

    • Choose a storyteller/reader for next week: 2 Kings 17:1-14, 18; pp. 219-220
    • Share prayer requests and pray for each other.



*feel free pick and choose or to add your own questions - more questions can be found in the back of The Story book