This week's readings reflects on leadership through the prophets Elijah and Elisha, and the kings David and Solomon. How we view leadership is a deep question. Too often we look for a savior that can only be found in God, and not in one human being. Jesus was asked by many people if he was a prophet, king, teacher or political savior. The way we answer Jesus' leadership in our lives, shows our theology and our view of God and life. For Elisha, he had to grapple with what was most important as he followed Elijah. Likewise, David had to wrestle with the limitations of being a king. He wanted to firmly establish Israel as a military might in the region, solidly founded in God's ways. However, God did not want David to build his Temple, but instead left that for Solomon. Today, we regularly live life with presidents, pastors, principals and employers. How do we keep following God foremost, even as we follow people?
This chapter still connects with:
VC lessons on Nov. 1 -"Israel Chooses Kings," and Nov. 8 - "Warnings of the Prophets." These are both from the sixth section of the Bible Storyline - "Kingdom and Temple."
K-2nd lesson on Nov. 8 and 15 with King David and Prophet Elijah.
Pre-K lesson on Nov. 8 and 15, "Ark and Temple" and "Prophets."
* This is also part of the JYF this year as a reoccuring theme in Revelation - how do the followers of Jesus (the people of God) find hope when they are persecuted directly by the leader of the empire - Caesar (an anti-Christ)?
Contact Pastor Theda to participate in a theme based small group this year.