The students will be able to substantiate the truth that God will use His supernatural power to protect those who serve Him, using the story of God's protection of Elisha and his servant by the chariots of fire.
Introduction: Take a paper shield to class. Show your students the shield, saying how we know that shields are used for protection. Then tell them that today they are going to hear how God provided a special kind of protection for one of His helpers.
Climax: When Elisha prayed that the servant's eyes would be opened, he saw horses and chariots of fire sent by God to protect them. The enemy was smitten with blindness and delivered into Israel's hand. They were treated kindly and returned to Syria.
Conclusion: God will never fail to take care of the person whose trust is in Him.
Response: The students will be able to tell how God protected Elisha, and will be able to describe how His power will protect the believer today.
During the time of Elisha's ministry in Israel, the Syrians went to war against the Israelites. (The Syrians lived to the north of Israel and should not be confused with the Assyrians, another powerful nation.) God often revealed to Elisha the whereabouts of the Syrian army, and this angered the king of Syria, who purposed to capture the prophet by surrounding the city of Dothan where he was staying.
Artists often depict angels as gentle and docile creatures, wearing long white robes and playing sweet music on their golden harps. But many times the Lord calls His angels to be agents of His protection. While Scripture does not say angels accompanied the chariots and horses of fire, it is possible that heavenly beings guided those instruments of God's protection.
This story suggests that all around us, supernatural events are happening which are invisible to the human eye. At times, God "opens" the eyes of certain people and lets them witness these remarkable incidents.
This lesson would adapt well to an overhead story. Use overlays and darkness as you review the story with the children.
Use examples of things that help to protect us, i.e., crash helmet, seat belts, gloves, steel-toed boots, umbrella, etc.
Visualize some instances when God protected you or someone of your acquaintance for your review. In the center of a large flannel board, put a figure to represent yourself or the person you have selected. As you tell of times you were protected, write a brief statement on a paper angel-shape and mount these in a circle around the center figure.