Elisha (Discussion Questions)

Categories: Power of Prayer, Putting God First

Read II Kings 2-13

Widow and the pot of oil: (II Kings 4:1-7)

  • Does this story remind you of another healing? (Elijah and the widow)
  • What was going to happen to this woman?
  • What did Elisha ask her? [one of my favorite questions in the Bible: what hast thou in the house?]
  • What does that question mean?
  • Have you ever had to see what you've had in the house for survival?
  • What did the woman and her sons do?
  • What did you learn from this story?

The Shunammite: (II Kings 4: 8-37)

  • Elisha must have been an incredible man. Why? (a woman in Shunem invited him to eat bread; had her husband fix a room for him when he came to town - she saw he must be a man of God)
  • Do people know we belong to God when they meet us? Why or why not?
  • What would we need to do with our lives for others to see God through us?
  • Who was Gehazi? (Elisha's servant)
  • What did Elisha ask Gehazi? (what he could do for the woman) What was Gehazi's response? (the woman didn't have a son)
  • Did she believe Elisha when he told her she was going to have a baby?
  • Did she have a son? (yes)
  • What happened to her son?
  • What did the Shunammite woman do when she noticed her son was dead? (put him on Elisha's bed, got a donkey and a servant to ride with her to find Elisha)
  • Where would she go to find Elisha? (Mount Carmel)
  • Why did she go get Elisha?
  • What was so special about him?
  • Did she go to complain?
  • When Elisha sent Gehazi to inquire if everything was all right, how did she respond? (It is well. Other translations say, "Everything is fine.")
  • Why didn't she complain?
  • Elisha understood something was wrong and after the woman told him her child had died, what did he do? (sent Gehazi with Elisha's staff to put on the child)
  • Did this revive the boy? (No)
  • What did Elisha do? (II Kings 4:33-37)
  • Was this healing like any Elijah performed? (I Kings 17:21)

Poison in the Pot (II Kings 4:38-41)

  • Where did Elisha visit the sons of the prophets? (Gilgal)
  • What was wrong with the pottage (stew)? (one of the prophets had gathered a wild gourd)
  • What did Elisha do to remedy the problem? (sprinkled in meal)
  • Is that all he did? Do you think there was something else he did?
  • Is there anything we need to be careful of when we gather food in a field? (mushrooms, other?)
  • What does this require of us? Just to be careful of what we put in the pot? Is something more required?

Twenty Loaves of Bread (II Kings 4: 42-44)

  • What is one of the most common themes of the stories about Elijah and Elisha? (supply)
  • Discuss the Teen Time article on Infinite Supply.
  • What happens in this story?
  • Why did the man doubt that Elisha could feed 100 men with only twenty loaves of bread?
  • Does this story remind you of any other in the Bible? (Jesus feeding the multitudes - lots more people and a lot less bread initially - but everyone was full, with scraps left over)
  • Do you believe this is possible?
  • How can we daily demonstrate this in our lives?
  • What great lessons do you learn from Elijah and Elisha?