Lesson 3 - SightStory: Elisha and the blind army
Theme: Trust God.
Verse: 2 Cor. 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight
Optical Illusions: Print some of these optical illusions (probably the dual picture, motion, disappearing, color, and parallel line effects are the best) and have the students do them:Tell the story about Elisha and the blind army. 2 Kings 6:8-23
Or download an optical illusion slide show here: http://science.pppst.com/opticalillusions.html
Seeing the invisible Army:
Supplies: printout of Elisha and servant overlooking army, white crayon, water colors, paintbrush
Before the lesson, draw or trace horses and chariots of fire into the top of this picture (or something similar) using the white crayon.
During the lesson, when you get to verse 17, have the students paint the top with the water colors to see what the servant saw.
Alternatively, you can make scratch off pictures.
printout of Elisha and servant overlooking army with heavenly army, laminate (or contact paper or clear packing tape), white acrylic paint, liquid dish soap, paint brush, coins (or something to scratch off)
Print out pictures of Elisha and his servant with the heavenly army already on it. Laminate the papers (or cover with contact paper or clear packing tape). Then paint over the angel with white acrylic paint mixed with liquid dish soap (1 part dish soap and 2 parts acrylic paint). Let it dry completely and have the students scratch off the paint at the right point in the story.Play a blindfolded game such as blindman’s bluff, blind potato race, pin the horse to the chariot…
Discussion: Why was Elisha calm even though he was surrounded by the enemy? Could Elisha’s servant see the heavenly army with his eyes? What needed to happen for him to see? What can we do today to see things from God’s view? (read our Bible and pray) Could Elisha's servant trust what he could (or couldn't) see? Is it better to trust God or what we see for ourselves?
Here are links to all the lessons in the Five Senses Bible Lesson Unit:
1 - Taste
2 - Touch
3 - Sight
4 - Smell
5 - Hearing
6 - Wrap-up (uses all senses)
I love sharing.What was your favorite part? Was there a part of the story that you would have brought out more (there certainly is more you could focus on)? Do you know of any crafts or activities that you would have used? What about a different story or Bible verse you would have used for teaching about sight?