“Lesson 29: ‘He Took Up … the Mantle of Elijah’” Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual (2001), 139–43
“Lesson 29,” Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual, 139–43
To help class members understand how the authority (mantle) passes from one prophet to another, to encourage them to obey the words of the prophets, and to assure them that the power of God is greater than any other power.
Prayerfully study the following scriptures:
2 Kings 2:1–18. Elijah prepares Elisha to become the new prophet (2:1–10). Elijah is taken up into heaven. Elisha takes up Elijah’s mantle and becomes the prophet (2:11–15). Fifty men search for Elijah for three days despite Elisha’s counsel that they should not do so (2:16–18).
2 Kings 6:8–18. Elisha guides the king of Israel in a war with Syria (6:8–10). The king of Syria commands his men to capture Elisha, and the army surrounds the city of Dothan (6:11–14). Unafraid, Elisha prays, and the Lord reveals a mountain full of horses and chariots of fire, then smites the Syrian army with blindness (6:15–18).
If you use the attention activity, bring a piece of cloth to use as a mantle.
The following material supplements the suggested lesson outline. You may want to use one or more of these ideas as part of the lesson.