Lesson 78: Elisha
Elisha was a prophet of God just as Elijah had been. God made Elisha able to do many wonderful things because Elisha was a good man and did what God wanted him to do.
At this time, there was a little Hebrew maid who worked for Naaman in the land of Syria. Naaman was the chief captain of the king of Syria. Naaman had a very bad disease, or sickness, called leprosy. One day the Hebrew maid told Naaman's wife about the prophet Elisha in the land of Israel. The Hebrew maid said that Elisha could cure her master, Naaman. When Naaman and the king heard about Elisha the king gave Naaman a letter to take to the king of Israel asking him to have Naaman cured of his leprosy.
Naaman was very happy to go to the land of Israel and he took with him many gifts for Elisha and some of his servants went with him. When Naaman came into Israel he was sent to the house of Elisha. Elisha knew that Naaman was coming and that Naaman was a very great man in his own country. Elisha wanted Naaman to learn that God did not care about riches or greatness. Elisha wanted Naaman to know that God wants us to have a good kind heart.
Elisha sent his servant to meet Naaman and told him to go and dip himself in the river Jordan seven times. Naaman was angry because he felt the rivers in his own country were greater than the river Jordan. He did not think that such a simple task could make him better. But Naaman's servants loved him, so they asked him to do as Elisha said. So Naaman went to the Jordan River and dipped himself seven times. As soon as he did this he was made completely better. Naaman was so very happy and thankful that he went back to Elisha and thanked him. Naaman also offered gifts to Elisha, but Elisha would not take them. Elisha wanted Naaman to know that God's help cannot be bought with money or gifts. If we want God's help and love we must obey God and obey all of his commandments. Then, when we do our very best to obey God, He will help us. Naaman then understood that the God of Israel was the One True God (2 Kings 5:14-17). Naaman told Elisha he would do his best to serve God.
- Who was Elisha?
- What was the matter with Naaman?
- Who said that Elisha could cure Naaman?
- What did Elisha tell Naaman to do?
- Did Naaman get better?