Last week, we learned about many miracles Elisha performed as a prophet in Israel. This lesson is about another one of those miracles.
There was a man named Naaman, who was an important army commander for Aram (part of the Syrian kingdom). He was a brave soldier, but he had a skin disease. He was hopeless to have this condition healed. But lucky for him, one of his wife's servants was an Israelite. She knew of Elisha and the miracles he performed. She told Naaman's wife about Elisha and she encouraged Naaman to go to him to get healed.
After getting approval from the king of Aram, Naaman went to the king of Israel with a whole bunch of money and clothing, asking to be healed. At first, the king of Israel was upset because he didn't have the power to heal people. Why would the king of Aram send someone to him to be healed? He probably thought it was a trap. But Elisha put him at rest and told the king of Israel to send Naaman his way.
Naaman arrived at Elisha's house, but Elisha sent a messenger outside with the simple instructions on how to be healed: "Go. Wash yourself in the Jordan River seven times. Then your skin will be healed." (2 Kings 5:10) Naaman was upset! Here's why:
Naaman's servants convinced him to go ahead and follow Elisha's advice. So he went to the Jordan River, dipped himself in it 7 times, and sure enough - he was healed! Naaman agreed that the God of Elisha was the one true God and promised to only serve him. Naaman tried to pay Elisha, but Elisha refused the gifts.
But remember Gehazi from the last lesson? He was the one who helped Elisha heal the Shunnamite woman. Well, he was very interested in getting hold of the money that Naaman brought to pay Elisha. He snuck away from Elisha and told Naaman that Elisha needed the money for some new prophets that just came to town. Naaman gave him the money. When Gehazi got back, Elisha asked where he went. "Ummm, nowhere?" Gehazi answered. He thought he had tricked Elisha. But God had revealed it to Elisha that Gehazi left and took the money. So Gehazi ended up with the skin disease Naaman had just been cured of!
Who in the class has had poison ivy? What did you have to do to get rid of it?
Today, we're going to learn about a man named Naaman who had a skin disease that wasn't going to go away. We're going to learn about how God healed Naaman through Elisha.
Consider starting the "Baby Powder Activity" reinforcement activity before teaching the story.
Read story from a Children's storybook Bible for younger children.
For older children, read the story from an age-appropriate Children's storybook Bible or tell the story yourself.
Scripture for Kids to Read Aloud 2 Kings 5:1-17
First, ask the children if they have any questions about the story. What to do if you don't know the answer?