The Shunammite Woman

"Given to hospitality"

“Given to hospitality”

I would like to spend extra time on this lesson  so there is just a coloring page .  The Amplified Bible has an excellent rendition of the 1 Peter passage “…Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and disregards the offenses of other].  Practice hospitality to one another (those of the household of faith). [Be hospitable, be a lover of strangers, with brotherly affection for the unknown guests, the foreigners, the poor, and all others who come your way who are of Christ’s body.] And [in each instance] do it ungrudgingly (cordially and graciously, without complaining but as representing Him).  There are probably some heavy sighs after reading this, especially since we might be having a struggle just feeding our own family…but lets check out the life of a lady the Bible refers to as “great” and  “notable”, for inspiration and encouragement.  Elisha had a divine appointment with this Shunammite woman, and “just so happened” to pass by her house on his many journeys. She “constrained” (did not take no for an answer) him to stop  and eat with her  every time he was in the area and then had a good idea to present to her husband…” I perceive that this is a holy man of God, who passes by continually.  Please let us make a little chamber on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, a stool and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in here.”  2 Kings 4: 9-10   This woman was incredibly  blessed by God with a child and  given great faith to believe the impossible when he suddenly died but I would like to focus this lesson on hospitality which was a requirement for New Testament  church leaders (1 Timothy 3:2, Titus 1:8) and a virtue we are to “practice”. (Romans 12:13)  How can we get kids excited about it???  Let’s show them how simple and fun it is. Explain that to get the ball rolling there needs to be an invitation.  Sometimes it is intimidating to invite people to come over…there is always the chance they could say no.  But keep practicing  and know that we are pleasing our LORD when we walk in obedience.  Then there needs to be some preparation.  Bring a small meal to share  with your class like bread or muffins, water, juice or tea to drink, and some fruit in season, taking into consideration any allergies…( butter, jam or cheese would be nice additions but not required)  See if you can get your kids to ask their parents if they can practice hospitality by inviting a friend or two over.  Talk about the things that may hinder hospitality while you are eating.  Pray for success and for any concerns they may have.

The Shunammite woman – worksheet

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