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Teach Children to love people who are different from them.
Dear Lord, please use this study to help children to love people who are different from them, including the blind, the deaf, and those from another culture.
Choose learning activities that fit the children’s ages, level of understanding and needs.
Naaman the ancient Aramean (Syrian) army commander who had leprosy,
It tells how a young girl helped her master to discover God’s love for him.
Let an older child read or tell the story from memory. Then ask these questions. [Answers appear after each question.]
· What kind of man was Naaman, and what disease did he have? [See verse 1.]
· Why was an Israelite girl living with an Aramean family? [See verse 2.]
· How did the girl show love for her master, even though she was a slave? [Verse 3]
· What did Elisha instruct Naaman to do to be healed? [Verse 10]
· How did Naaman feel about Elisha’s instructions? [Verse 11]
· How did Naaman expect to be treated by Elisha? [Verse 11. He expected Elisha to perform an impressive miracle, because Naaman was a rich and important person.]
· Who persuaded Naaman to follow the instructions of the prophet? [Verse 13]
Why did Elisha not ask for
payment for healing Naaman? [Verse 16. Elisha wanted Naaman to
understand that God did not heal him because he was rich or important,
but because he had trusted God and was obedient.]
2. Dramatize the story of Naaman’s healing. If you need, do only parts of it.
· Arrange with the main worship leader for the children to present this drama.
· Let the older children help the younger ones prepare.
Older children or adults play
these parts: Girl, Wife, Naaman. Hold a piece of paper.
Younger children play the parts of Naaman’s Servants.
Tell the story from 2 Kings 5:1-16. Then say,
“Mistress, my master, Naaman, is sad because he has leprosy.
Go to Naaman and say,
“I will ask our king of Aram to send a letter with this request.”
“Am I God, that I can cure leprosy?
Naaman and Servants
Go to Naaman and bow.
Say to your Servants,
“Naaman, my master said to tell you to go and
(Angrily) “No! I will not bathe in that muddy water!
(Some say) “If he had said to do something hard, you would have
Naaman Pretend to dip yourself seven times in the river.
(Some say) “Look! His leprosy is gone!
Go to Elisha and say,
“No! God needs no money.
Go to the girl, bow and say,
Narrator Thank everyone who helped with the drama. Thank the adults for listening.
3. If the children dramatize this story for the adults, then let them also ask the adults the questions under #1 above.
4. Let the children give other examples of people who are different from us, whom we can love and serve.
5. Let three children each recite two verses from Job 42:1-6.
6. Let older children write a poem or song that uses words or ideas from Psalm 67 about God’s love for people of all the nations.
They might do this during the week.
7. Memorize Psalm 67:2-3.
8. Let the children copy a picture of a man in a river.
· Let the children show their pictures to the adults during the worship time.
· Let them explain that this shows that God uses the love of little children to help people know that He heals and forgives sin.
· Some children might like to colour the picture found at the end of this lesson.
9. Let an older child pray:
“Dear Lord, please help us to love people who are different from us. Help us to love the blind, the deaf, and folks of other cultures and religions.”
A more detailed drama, about another prophet, Elijah, defeating false, idolatrous prophets:
An Israelite slave girl told her Syrian captor about the LORD’s prophet, Elisha.