Elisha and the Widow's Oil by Jennifer Tolbert
This is the story of Elisha and how cared for the widow using overflowing jars of oil. This story can be found in 2 Kings 4:1-7.
1. Show compassion to others
2. If we own a debt to someone, we need to pray to God and ask Him to help us pay our debts back.
3. Always trust God to provide for our needs.
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" (which means God with us). Matthew 1: 22-23
Old Testament Books
Make Me a Servant
This Little Light of Mine
Trust and Obey
Give Me Oil in My Lamp
LOVE is something if you give it Away
Begin Class with Songs, Games, Table Activity, or Sharing Time
Open Class in Prayer
Introducing the Story Ideas
1. Ask the children what a debt is...
2. Ask the children if they have ever borrowed a library book from school. What happens if they don't return that book?
READ 2 Kings 4:1-7 or tell the story of how God provided for the widow through Elisha, using jars of oil.
Visual Aid Resources
Video: Elisha and the Widow's Oil
1. What happened to the widow's husband? ( He died)
2. What was the widow with 2 sons sad and concerned about? (She was concerned because she couldn't pay her husband's debt and the owner of the debt was going to take her sons as slaves to pay her debt.
3. What did the widow only have a little of? (Olive oil, which was very important at that time.)
4. What did Elisha tell her sons to go and get from the neighbors? Empty jars
5. What did Elisha tell the widow to do with the jars? (Fill all the jars from her own jar of oil)
6. What did the widow do with all the jars of oil? Who provided that oil for her?
Connect the story back to God and his character. For example, God always provides. Explain how this story fits into God's overall story.
Reach out to the Widows and Widowers
Explain to the children what a widow or widower is. Make a card or small gift for all of the widows and widowers at church.
Oil and Bread
Bring some olive oil and bread to class. Let the children taste it (check for allergies) and put some on their hands. Discuss how olive oil had many uses in Bible times and would have been very valuable.
Oil and Water Experiment
Have the children experiment with oil and water using half full water bottles. What happens when you shake the oil and water in the bottle together? Why does this happen?
The Widow's Oil Craft by Trueway Kids
Supplies needed: Razor blade, colors, scissors, brad, tape, template
Resources and References