Teacher Notes

Bible Stories for Adults


2 Kings 2-9, 13

Welcome and Announcements
    Next Week - Joash of Judah (2 Kings 11-12, 2 Chronicles 17-24)
    Bible Words to Remember:
      The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18

Opening Prayer

Past Weeks - Elijah (1 Kings 15 - 2 Kings 2)
    Why did God send Elijah to Israel during Ahab's reign?
      1 Kings 18:21 = To turn the people back to Him, away from Baal
    What did Elijah's name mean and why was it significant?
      1 Kings 18:39 = Elijah means Yahweh is God. He came to show this
    How was Elijah's life on earth ended?
      2 Kings 2:11 = Chariot of fire took him to heaven in a whirlwind
    Did Elijah's power and role in God's plan mean he was more than just a man?
      James 5:16-18 = No, he was a faithful man who prayed

Elijah's Successor (1 Kings 19:19-21; 2 Kings 2:1-18)
    Who selected Elijah's successor and who was it?
      1 Kings 19:15a, 16b = God sent Elijah to anoint Elisha as successor

    Was Elisha an experienced prophet & how did Elijah tell him he was chosen?
      1 Kings 19:19 = A successful farmer's son; Threw cloak on him (no words) & kept walking
    Did Elisha understand what Elijah had done?
      1 Kings 19:20 = Yes, took action like he HAD to go & follow Elijah
    How did Elisha respond to Elijah's comment letting him choose to go or not?
      1 Kings 19:21 = Offered sacrifice of praise for selection & went

    How faithful of a servant was Elisha?
      2 Kings 2:2 = He stayed with Elijah from Gilgal, Bethel & Jericho
    Did anyone know Elijah was leaving?
      2 Kings 2:3,7-8 = Other prophets knew, 50 watched E & E cross Jordan

    What did Elisha want when Elijah asked if there were any last requests before he left?
      2 Kings 2:9-10 = Inherit Elijah's role as God's prophet to Israel
    Did God allow Elisha to see Elijah leave & thereby inherit the role of God's prophet?
      2 Kings 2:11-12 = Yes
    How was it made known that Elisha was now Elijah's successor?
      2 Kings 2:13-15 = Elisha repeated the miracle of parting the Jordan

God Is Salvation (2 Kings 2:19-25)
    Was Elijah ever able to convince Ahab that Jahweh is God?
      1 Kings 21:27 = Yes, Ahab mourned the punishment for his rejection of the Lord
    What other truth about the Lord did Israel miss? = Elisha means God is Salvation
      1 Kings 22:6-8 = Ahab turns to Baal prophets (not God's) for advice in fighting Aram
      2 Kings 1:2 = Ahaziah calls on Baal-Zebub in response to injuries

    How did Elisha immediately make his point that salvation is from God?
      2 Kings 2:19-22 = Miracle where the Lord healed poisonous water
    How did Elisha also show that without God there is no salvation?
      2 Kings 2:23-25 = Sent bear to youths who profaned God's prophet
    What was so bad about the youths calling Elisha names?
      2 Chronicles 36:16 = Mocking God's messenger will arouse the wrath of the Lord

Salvation from Hopeless Circumstances (2 Kings 3)
    What did Joram (Ahab's son) plan in response to Moab refusing to be subject to Israel?
      2 Kings 3:5-6 = To take them back by force
    Did Joram look to God for help in this effort? = Pass thru Judah & Edom to attack from south
      2 Kings 3:7 = No, he turned to Jehoshaphat of Judah (also to Edom)
    What happened to the armies that showed the need for God's salvation?
      2 Kings 3:9-10 = Ran out of water after marching 7 days (long way around Dead Sea)

    How did Elisha respond to Joram's request for salvation?
      2 Kings 3:11-14 = Go ask your Baal prophets (Jehoshaphat's idea to see Elisha)
    What miracle did Elisha use to show God's salvation?
      2 Kings 3:16-18, 20 = Dig ditches in desert, they filled with water
    How did God use this to save Israel from the Moabites?
      2 Kings 3:22-24 = Water looked like blood to Moabites, killed when trying to plunder

Salvation Through Life to Individuals (2 Kings 4:1-37)
    How did Elisha show God's salvation to a widow about to lose her sons?
      2 Kings 4:1-5, 7 = Paid debts with everflowing oil

    How did Elisha show God's salvation to the barren Shunammite woman?
      2 Kings 4:8, 13-17 = He gave her a son - she had no other needs

    What happened that gave Elisha another opportunity to help the woman?
      2 Kings 4:18-20 = The boy died
    What did Elisha do that showed God's salvation?
      2 Kings 4:32-35 = He prayed and brought him back to life

Salvation Through Nourishment (2 Kings 4:38-44)
    How did Elisha show God's salvation to a group of starving prophets?
      2 Kings 4:38-41 = He made poisonous stew edible
    Which of Jesus' miracles did Elisha perform a small version?
      2 Kings 4:42-44 = Fed 100 with 20 loaves (Feeding of 5000)

Salvation Through Health (2 Kings 5)
    Who was Naaman and what was his problem?
      2 Kings 5:1 = Commander of Aram army, had leprosy (any of a variety of skin diseases)
    How did a servant girl direct Naaman to the Lord?
      2 Kings 5:2-3 = Told that prophet in Israel could cure his leprosy
    How did Joram misinterpret the letter sent by the king of Aram?
      2 Kings 5:6-7 = Thought Aram was picking a fight by asking for the impossible

    What was Elisha's solution for Naaman's problem?
      2 Kings 5:10 = Wash 7 times in the Jordan
    How was Naaman's cleansing like our cleansing from the leprosy of sin?
      Acts 2:38 = Be baptized ... for the forgiveness of your sins

    How excited was Naaman about this miracle answer from God?
      2 Kings 5:11-12 = Angry at stupid suggestion, expected magic & to see Elisha
    Was Elisha's instruction foolish?
      1 Corinthians 1:25 = Foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom

    How does Naaman's response remind us of our own questioning?
      John 4:48 = Unless you people see miraculous signs & wonders you will never believe
    What was the main purpose of Elisha's solution?
      Hebrews 11:1 = To build Naaman's faith
    Did Elisha's solution have the desired effect?
      2 Kings 5:13-17 = Yes, he confessed his faith & promised to follow only God

    Why wouldn't Elisha accept Naaman's gift?
      Acts 8:20 = Can't buy God's gift of saving grace
    How was Elisha's servant punished for his faith in wealth instead of God?
      2 Kings 5:20, 24-27 = He was given Naaman's leprosy

Salvation From Daily Worries (2 Kings 6)
    How did Elisha show God's salvation while prophets built a meeting place?
      2 Kings 6:5-7 = Made a borrowed axhead float

Salvation From Enemies (2 Kings 6)
    How did Elisha protect the king of Israel from personal threats by Aram?
      2 Kings 6:8-10 = Told him where king of Aram would be camping
    What plan the king of Aram make to eliminate this intelligence leak?
      2 Kings 6:11-13 = Capture Elisha
    Why wasn't Elisha afraid when Aramean forces came to capture him?
      2 Kings 6:15-17 = He saw God's larger & more powerful army
    How did Elisha "single-handedly" capture the Aramean troops?
      2 Kings 6:18-20 = God blinded them & Elisha led them into Samaria
    What was the fate of these men and how did this affect the war?
      2 Kings 6:21-23 = They were fed & released, Aram withdrew

Salvation From Famine (2 Kings 6-7)
    What caused a famine in Samaria and how bad did it get?
      2 Kings 6:24-26, 28-29 = Besieged by Aram, Costly donkey heads & seed pods, ate kids
    Who did King Joram blame the famine on?
      2 Kings 6:31 = Elisha (His father Ahab had blamed famine on Elijah)
    What did Elisha promise that would show God's salvation?
      2 Kings 7:1-2 = Lots of food would be real cheap within 24 hours
    How did God make this happen?
      2 Kings 7:3, 5-7, 16 = God made Arameans hear great army & they ran away leaving camp

    How did Elisha protect the Shunammite woman from another famine?
      2 Kings 8:1, 3, 6 = Sent her away, land returned when she came back

Salvation Through Death (2 Kings 13)
    How did Elisha show God's salvation to Israel from his death bed?
      2 Kings 13:14, 17 = Had Jehoash shoot arrow out window for victory over Aram at Aphek
    How did Elisha affect other victories over the Arameans?
      2 Kings 13:18-19 = Had Jehoash strike ground, once for each victory
    How did Elisha's body show God's salvation from death well after his death?
      2 Kings 13:20-21 = Dead man revived when body touched Elisha's bones

Closing Prayer

Copyright © 1997 by Kurt Rosenhagen

Use of this material is provided free of charge for use in personal or group Bible Study, no permission needed.
The author reserves all rights for use in published material or in uses where fees are involved.
For permission, or to provide your comments, insights and feedback, contact the author at:


Return to Bible Stories for Adults Home Page