Elijah and Young Elisha
The whirlwind, and picking up the prophet's mantle...
Summary of Lesson Activities:
Uses the Elijah and Jonah CD (Sunday Software)
2 Kings 2
Why teach this story?
- Elijah is considered to be "the greatest prophet," and certainly one of Israel's most famous, in part, because he was active during the reign King Ahab, one of the most despised kings. He stood tall against false prophets, and when he became discouraged and exhausted, hid on Mt Sinai, only to be nurtured by God and sent to get help. THAT HELP was the young Elisha!
- The OT writers made it clear that Elisha became an even greater prophet than Elijah.
- Elijah's training of Elisha is a wonderful metaphor for Sunday School and discipleship. Elijah is taken up in a whirlwind and Elisha "picks up the mantle."
- Elisha's desire to STAY WITH his teacher and PICK UP THE MANTLE of Elijah is a wonderful image for our students.
The software for this story is Sunday Software's Elijah and Jonah CD, from which the graphics here were cribbed. That CD has 3 different Elijah stories, including the 2 Kings 2 Elijah & Elisha story. The story unfolds like an interactive storybook, with pop-ups, quiz questions, and follow up activities, including a game. The software IS your study and it is your source for the scripture text today. Leave plenty of time to use it!
Ideally, you and your teaching assistants go WITH students through the software. You may choose to re-center the class for discussion away from the computers, or let each teaching assistant work with their assigned station.
A free Student Worksheet for the Elijah & Elisha story software can be found here on the Elijah webpage at Sunday Software.
Graphics on this lesson page are cropped screenshots from the software.
- Gather the materials.
- Read the scripture ahead of time.
- Explore the software.
- Elijah and Jonah CD (Sunday Software)
- Student worksheet
Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introductions: (5 minutes)
Greet the students and introduce yourself.
Open with a prayer.
Make a list on the board and have the students add names to it...
LIST: Who has helped you in your faith life? (Feel closer to God, teach you, make you feel welcome and part of the church.)
With students standing, place your "mantle" (cloak) one-by-one around each person's shoulders as you introduce the lesson and software instructions for the day. Explain the metaphor of "the mantle" as a symbol of power, authority and "being a disciple" and the idea of "picking up the mantle" from someone to continue their ministry.
"As the new generation of believers, we pick up Christ's mantle, and we also pick up the mantle here in the church from adults." Don't belabor the point. The software will make it! ...as will your closing "mantle" reflection.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection: (20-30 minutes)
With their free Student Worksheet in hand, and you by their side, begin going through the interactive story of Elijah & Elisha in the software. Pause at each pop-up prompt and look at the follow-up questions. These questions are similar and some the same as those found on the worksheet.
After going through the story, look at the OPTIONS on PAGE 6 in the story. They are:
- Elisha’s Story Quiz (review!)
- What’s in a Name (What Elijah and Elisha's name mean in Hebrew.)
- Catch Me if You Can (a fun game)
Reflect (5 minutes)
You will already have done some reflection/life application in the software. This is a follow up activity away from the computer.
As you did at the beginning of the lesson, NOW make a second list on the board and have the students add names to it.
LIST 2: Who in your life could YOU be an example of faith to? Who could you bring to church with you? How can you make others feel welcome in this class?
Now invite students to write some of those names on a slip of paper, pray over it as a group, and slip it into their pocket to go home.
Finally, take out a piece of cloth from your own personal home wardrobe and begin to cut it into squares, giving each student a piece of your mantle (a fabric that represents YOU). Tell them about your hope that they will learn from you about being a disciple of Jesus, and like Elisha, do even GREATER things that you have done to help other know Christ. Conclude with a prayer over the mantles.
Additional software teaching tips for this story can be found in Sunday Software's Teacher's Outline to the Elijah CD.
End with a prayer.
Disclaimer: The author of this lesson also sells the software mentioned and has been encouraged by the Rotation Board to post lessons. This is the only software which covers this story. You are welcome to post other software and lesson suggestions below.
A lesson written by Neil MacQueen.
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