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This week’s “When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Tell me, what can I do for you before I am reading* taken from you?’ Prophets and Kings, “‘Let me inherit a doublem chapters 17, 18. portion of your spirit,’ Elisha replied.” (2 Kings 2:9, NIV) A special adaptation of Prophets flashlight and Kings has been created just“To everyone who becomes a partaker of His for you by the White Estate andgrace, the Lord appoints a work for the Pacific Press Publishingothers. Individually we are to stand in ourlot, saying, ‘Here am I; send me.’. . . Association. Get more info“Ministry comprehends far more than about it at:preaching the word. It means training young www.cornerstoneconnectmen as Elijah trained Elisha, taking themfrom their ordinary duties, and giving them ions.net. By following this planresponsibilities to bear in God’s work—small you will read at least one bookresponsibilities at first, and larger ones as of the Conflict of the Agesthey gain strength and experience”(Prophets and Kings, p. 222). Series each year.
“So Elijah went from Elisha had stopped at the Jordan. Elijah took his cloak, rolled it there and up and struck the water with it. The water divided to the right and to the left, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground.found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was “When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Tell me, what can Iplowing with twelve yoke of do for you before I am taken from you?’ “‘Let me inherit aoxen, and he himself was driving the double portion of your spirit,’ Elisha replied. “‘You have asked atwelfth pair. Elijah went up to him difficult thing,’ Elijah said, ‘yet if you see me when I am takenand threw his cloak around him. from you, it will be yours—otherwise not.’. . . “The company ofElisha then left his oxen and ran the prophets from Jericho, who were watching, said, ‘The spirit of Elijah is resting on Elisha.’ And they went to meet him andafter Elijah. ‘Let me kiss my father bowed to the ground before him.” “The men of the city said toand mother good-by,’ he said, ‘and Elisha, ‘Look, our lord, this town is well situated, as you canthen I will come with you.’ “‘Go see, but the water is bad and the land is unproductive.’ “‘Bringback,’ Elijah replied. ‘What have I me a new bowl,’ he said, ‘and put salt in it.’ So they brought it todone to you?’ “So Elisha left him him. “Then he went out to the spring and threw the salt intoand went back. He took his yoke of it, saying, ‘This is what the Lord says: “I have healed this water.oxen and slaughtered them. He Never again will it cause death or make the land unproductive.”’burned the plowing equipment to And the water has remained wholesome to this day, according to the word Elisha had spoken. “From there Elisha went up tocook the meat and gave it to the Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some youths came outpeople, and they ate. Then he set of the town and jeered at him. ‘Go on up, you baldhead!’ theyout to follow Elijah and became his said. ‘Go on up, you baldhead!’ He turned around, looked atattendant.” “Fifty men of the them and called down a curse on them in the name of the Lord.company of the prophets went and Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two ofstood at a distance, facing the place the youths. And he went on to Mount Carmel and from therewhere Elijah a n d returned to Samaria. ”(1 Kings 19:19-21; 2 Kings 2:7-10, 15, 19-25, NIV)
Rank the following people in terms of how much they guide you.(Circle 5 if they offer you a great deal of guidance in life, 1 if they offerno guidance, or some number in between that indicates the amount ofguidance they give you.) (No guidance) (Much guidance)My friends 1 2 3 4 5My mom 1 2 3 4 5My dad 1 2 3 4 5A teacher 1 2 3 4 5My boy/girlfriend 1 2 3 4 5Television stars 1 2 3 4 5Myself 1 2 3 4 5My pastor 1 2 3 4 5Another relative 1 2 3 4 5God 1 2 3 4 5Are there any other sources of guidance in your life? If so, who?__________________________1 2 3 4 5
did you know? he name Elijah means “Jehovah is my God.” The Hebrew version of the name Elisha means “God is my salvation.” In Latin, Elisha is a girl‟s name and it means “sweetly blissful.” According to Jewish tradition, Elijah lived in a cave on Mount Carmel in the 9th century BCE, during the reign of King Ahab and his wicked wife, Queen Jezebel. The Hebrew form of the name Jezebel means “not exalted.”
OUT OF THE STORY 1. God uses Elijah to call Elisha The Bible passage contains four (1 Kings 19:19-21). primary stories about Elisha. Next to each story below write the lesson that you think God wants you to learn from it. 2. Elisha requests and receives a double measure of the Spirit (2 Kings 2:7-10, 15).3. The water is healed 4. Elisha is jeered(2 Kings 2:19-22). (2 Kings 2:23-25).
punch lines“We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man‟s gift isprophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it isteaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to theneeds of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if itis showingmercy, let him do it cheerfully” (Romans 12:6-8, NIV).“It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the MostHigh God has performed for me. How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! Hiskingdom is an eternal kingdom; his dominion endures from generation to generation”(Daniel 4:2, 3, NIV).“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holdingpromise for both the present life and the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:8, NIV).“The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of therighteous. He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble”(Proverbs 3:33, 34, NIV).“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that
other eyes“If you have a talent, use it in everywhich way possible. Don’t hoard it.Don’t dole it out like a miser. Spend itlavishly like a millionaire intent ongoing broke.”— Brendan Francis, 20th-centurypoet, novelist, and playwright. “God commands us to be filled with the Spirit, and if we are not filled, it is because we are living beneath our privileges.”— Dwight L. Moody, 19th-century evangelist. returned to Samaria.”
Sabbath1. When you were younger, did you ever get lost orseparated from your parent? Des cribe how that madeyou feel. _____________________________________2. If you were to go anyplace in the world toexplore, where would you go? Why? Who would youwant as a guide with you?_______________________________3. Do you believe we need a guide to get us throughlife? Why or why not? Who has been a guide for you?__________________________________________4. In what way did Elijah serve as a guide to Elisha? _____________________________________________________________________________________________________
3. The water is healed (2 Kings 2:19-22). Ellen White offers this commentary on the storySunday of the healing of the waters: The healing of the waters of Jericho was accomplished, not by any wisdom of man, but by the miraculous interposition of God. Those who had rebuilt the city were undeserving of(Use the Notes pages at the back of your Bible the favor of Heaven; yet He who “maketh Hisstudy guide to write your answers to the rest of sun to rise on the evil and on the good, andthis weeks questions.) sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust,” saw fit in this instance to reveal, through this token1. God uses Elijah to call Elisha (1 Kings 19:19- of compassion, His willingness to heal Israel of21). What is your calling? Is there someone God their spiritual maladies. Matthew 5:45.has put into your life as a mentor? If so, who? The restoration was permanent; “the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of2. Elisha requests and receives a double measure Elisha which he spake.” 2 Kings 2:22. From ageof the Spirit (2 Kings 2:7-10, 15). What’s the first to age the waters have flowed on, making thatthing that comes to mind when you hear portion of the valley an oasis of beauty.someone talk about the Holy Spirit? How would Many are the spiritual lessons to be gatheredyou describe the Holy Spirit to a friend? What can from the story of the healing of the watersthe Holy Spirit do for you? In Acts 2 we read of (Prophets and Kings, p. 231).how the Holy Spirit came to the disciples at What do you see as the “spiritual lessons to bePentecost in a dramatic way. gathered” from this story? What symbols doHow do you think the Holy Spirit comes to people you find in the story (the cruse, salt, spring,today? Do you think God will grant you a etc.)?double portion of His Spirit if you ask? people 4. Elisha is jeered (2 Kings 2:23-25). What does this story teach us about respecting God’s chosen representatives? Do you think God acted too harshly against the young people
TuesdayE llen White tells us: “To everyone whobecomes a partaker of His grace, the Lord appoints a workfor others” (Prophets and Kings, p. 222). What is this “workfor others” that God has for you to do? Discuss possibleservice projects your youth group could get involved in. Wednesday A fter reading the Punch Lines, write one parable that illustrates the lessons that the combination of these texts teach us.