Elijah and the widow, by R.T. Bone 1811

Kings I and II Simplified For Kids

David got old and died, and his son Solomon became king. Solomon built a temple and was said to be wise.

The Story of Elijah and the Widow

Elijah was a prophet in Israel during a famine.

One day he was hungry and thirsty, so he asked a woman for a cup of water and some bread. She told him that she was on her way home to cook the last of her flour and that she and her son would likely starve afterward.

Elijah said that Yahweh would care for her such that she would never run out of flour again. With that, the widow gave Elijah some food and water — and just as Elijah said, she had more than enough food to last.

But a few days later, the woman’s son got sick and died. She shouted at Elijah, angry that he showed up and then her son died. So Elijah took her son and pleaded with Yahweh to bring the boy back to life.

The boy started breathing again.

Discuss:

  • How can you give even when you feel overwhelmed?
  • What do you do when part of you feels like you can’t go on — that you’re on the brink of the end — but a deeper part of you also senses that if you gave a bit more you just might make it and gain more than you’d hoped for?

Elijah and the Still, Small Voice

Elijah wanted to hear the voice of Yahweh, so he fasted and wandered in the wilderness until he came to Mount Sinai, where Yahweh had spoken to Moses.

Yahweh told him that he was about to pass by.

Suddenly a powerful wind struck the mountain, shattering rocks. But Yahweh wasn’t in the wind. Then there was an earthquake. But Yahweh wasn’t in the earthquake. Next there was a fire. But Yahweh wasn’t in the fire.

Finally, there was a still, small voice — a gentle breeze. A whisper. Elijah stood and heard a message from Yahweh.

Discuss:

  • How is aligning to your inner compass or listening to your guiding power like hearing a still, small voice?
 
Naaman bathing in the Jordan river by Charles Foster (1897)

Elisha and Naaman

Elijah chose a helper named Elisha. Soon after, Elijah passed away.

Elisha was said to have performed miracles such as making stale water fresh, curing a rotten pot of stew, and feeding one hundred people with only twenty loaves of bread and a bit of grain. 

Once there was a man named Naaman, a famous commander, who had fallen sick with a painful skin disease called leprosy. One of Naaman’s wife’s maids mentioned the miracles of Elisha and said he might be able to heal him. So Naaman traveled with his servants to Elisha’s place. 

Elisha sent out a servant with a message saying that if Naaman would wash himself in the Jordan river seven times, he’d be healed.

Naaman was furious. He was insulted that Elisha hadn’t personally come to heal him, and he knew that the Jordan river wasn’t as clean as other rivers in the area. He refused to follow Elisha’s suggestion. 

Then one of Naaman’s servants asked him whether he would have done it if Elisha had asked him to do something difficult and heroic. And if so, why he didn’t just do something simple, like bath seven times in the Jordan river?

Naaman didn’t have a good answer, so he decided to try it. He bathed seven times in the Jordan river and was healed.

Discuss:

  • Have you ever realized that there’s an easy way out of a problem you’re facing in life? Why do we sometimes refuse the easy way out? (Possibly because we want to feel heroic? Or because we doubt the simple answer will work?)

Elisha and the Invisible Army

One day Elisha was surrounded by an army, led by a king who wanted to capture him. When Elisha’s servant saw they were surrounded, he cried out to Elisha that they were in trouble. But Elisha said not to worry — that they were helped by an invisible army. Just then the servant realized saw that Elisha was surrounded and protected by horses and chariots.
 

Discuss:

  • What gives you hope when you feel overwhelmed? (It might help to think about all the people who love you in your life — to realize you always have a field of love that can support you whenever you need it in life. This field of love can protect you, even though it’s invisible.)

Josiah and Huldah

Josiah became the king of Judah when he was just eight years old. Eighteen years later, someone found an old scroll in the temple that said that the Israelites should be worshiping only Yahweh. When Josiah heard this, he torn his clothes. The people of Judah had been worshipping many different gods and goddesses.

Josiah sent his servants to talk to the prophetess Huldah, who said that Yahweh was angry that the people had been worshipping these other gods and goddesses and would destroy them if they didn’t change their ways. So Josiah got rid of all statues and altars of every other god and goddess. He did everything he could to make sure that the people only worshipped Yahweh.

But Yahweh was still angry and said he would remove Judah from his presence.

Discuss:

  • One way to read this story is that it’s about a character (Yahweh) who demands complete perfection and is not satisfied even when someone (Josiah) tries to meet all their demands. What happens when you expect perfection out of life? (You will inevitably be disappointed.)

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