“Holy Chariots of Fire!”
(II Kings 2: 1-22)
Characters: Narrator 1&2, Elijah, Elisha, student 1&2, man, (No speaking - group of men, mom, dad, chariot/whirlwind)
Props: Mantle/cloak, plates/cups, blue cloth for river, black tarp, cloth to tear, bowl/salt, spring/big bucket
Narrator 1: This is Elijah. (Enter Elijah) He is one of the Great Prophets of God. He was strong and true to our God at a time when most of the people worshipped a fake god named Baal. (Like Pail)
Elijah: Yes, sir-ree! God is God! Those other people need to stop believing in that fake god and believe in my God. My God is the one true God.
Narrator 2: God wanted Elisha to take over for Elijah and be a prophet.
Elijah: God told me to find Elisha, so I obeyed. (Leaning over in a whisper) Sure wish he had a different name. You know, everyone is going to get those names mixed up ‘cause they sound so much a like – Elijah – Elisha.
Narrator 1: God told Elijah he should anoint Elisha to replace him as a prophet. Elijah found him plowing in a field with 11 other team of oxen. (Elijah act this out) Elijah went over to him and threw his mantle on him – threw his coat across his shoulders – and walked away again.
Elisha: Hey! Wait! Let me say good-bye to dad and mom first. Then I will come with you and do what the Lord wishes.
Narrator 2: So Elisha and his family had a great feast. (Mom, dad, Elisha sit and eat) Then he followed Elijah and became his assistant.
Narrator 1: Now we move forward in the story. It came time for the Lord to take Elijah to heaven. But Elijah wasn’t going to heaven like everyone else – by dying first. God had a special plan for Elijah. He would not die, but go up to heaven by a whirlwind! (Chariot/whirlwind wind across the stage making ‘wind’ noises)
Elijah: Stay here Elisha. God wants me to go to Bethel.
Elisha: No way! I’m not leaving you.
Narrator 2: So Elijah and Elisha moved on together. This happened 2 more times. Elijah didn’t want Elisha to go to Jericho or to the Jordan River. But again Elisha said,
Elisha: No. As I live and breathe, I will not be separated from you.
Narrator 2: While they were at Jericho, the student prophets of the school came out to meet them.
Narrator 1: They all went together to the Jordan River (Place the river)– the 50 young prophets watched from a far. Elijah folded his Mantle (cloak), (Place mantle at river) struck the waters and they divided–(Place a black tarp over the river) so they could walk across the river on dry land. (Walk across, then remove the tarp)
Student 1: Wow! Did you see that? He just parted the river like Moses did!
Student 2: That was pretty cool!
Elijah: Elisha, if I could grant you one wish, what would it be?
Elisha: I pray for a double portion of your spirit – twice as much power as you have had.
Elijah: That is a hard request. But, if you see me taken to heaven, it will be granted.
Narrator 2: As they were walking along, suddenly a chariot of fire, drawn by horses of fire, appeared and drove between them, separating the two. (Chariot swoop to take Elijah away) Elijah was carried into heaven by a whirlwind. Elisha saw it and cried out,
Elisha: My Father, my Father! The chariot of Israel and its horsemen! (Elisha tears a cloth)
Narrator 1: Elisha picked up the mantle (cloak), went back to the river.
Elisha: Where is the Lord God of Elijah?
Narrator 1: And he struck the water with it. (Mantle to river) and the water parted so he could go across. (Replace the tarp) When the prophets of Jericho saw what had happened, they bowed down before him and exclaimed,
Students: The spirit of Elijah rests with Elisha!
Narrator 1: The men of Jericho came to Elisha with a problem. They told him of their beautiful city and natural surroundings.
Man: But we have a problem. Our water is bad. It causes unborn children to die and our women cannot have any babies.
Elisha: Bring me a new bowl with salt in it (bowl/salt)
Narrator 2: Then Elisha went to the spring of the waters and cast the salt in.
Elisha: The Lord has healed these waters. They will no longer cause death.
Man: (Takes a sip of water) Mmmm, that’s mighty tasty!
Narrator 1: And the waters became pure just as Elisha had said. Elisha was truly a prophet of God.
A script written by Rachel Haugland – for non-profit use
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