TWO BOYS WHO LIVED AGAIN

If you died, how would your mother feel if you were brought back to life? She would be very happy! But can a person who has died live again? Has it happened before?

Look at the man here, and the woman and the little boy. The man is the prophet Elijah. The woman is a widow of the city of Zarephath, and the boy is her son. Well, one day the boy gets sick. He gets worse and worse until he finally dies. Elijah then tells the woman: ‘Give the boy to me.’

Elijah takes the dead child upstairs and lays him on the bed. Then he prays: ‘O God, make the boy live again.’ And the boy starts to breathe! At that Elijah takes him back downstairs and says to the woman: ‘Look, your son is alive!’ This is why the mother is so happy.

Another important prophet of God is named Elisha. He serves as Elijah’s helper. But in time God also uses Elisha to do miracles. One day Elisha goes to the city of Shunem, where a woman is very kind to him. Later this woman has a baby boy.

One morning, after the child has grown older, he goes out to join his father who is working in the field. Suddenly the boy cries out: ‘My head hurts!’ After he is taken home, the boy dies. How sad his mother is! Right away she goes and gets Elisha.

When Elisha arrives, he goes into the room with the dead child. He prays to God, and lies down over the body. Soon the boy’s body becomes warm, and he sneezes seven times. How happy his mother is when she comes in and finds her boy alive!

Many, many people have died. This has made their families and friends very sad. We don’t have the power to raise the dead. But God does. Later we will learn how he will bring many millions of people back to life.

1 Kings 17:8-24; 2 Kings 4:8-37.

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