PROCLAIM AND PURSUE (Ch. 4 Outline) by Wanda Cary

PROCLAIM AND PURSUE

  1. Provide a background on how the Shunamite woman and her husband had a son after Elisha prophesied that it would be.
  2. Ask attendees to describe how the Shunamite might have felt toward this son that she now had.
  3. In your opinion, would this son have been a “mamas boy” or a “daddy’s boy”?
  4. The sick son was brought back to his mother where he subsequently died on her lap. Engage the group in discussion about why it is difficult for a parent whose child suddenly dies.
  5. The Shunamite woman ascends to the upper room, lays the child on the bed and then shuts the door. Ask attendees to talk about the significance of each of these three actions. Why was each one important? What do these actions communicate to us today?
  6. What does the Shunamites refusal to tell her husband about the death of the child communicate to us? Why would she choose to keep this information from her husband?
  7. When the Shunamite mounted the donkey and embarked on her journey to pursue the prophet why did she tell the servant “do not slacken the pace for me unless I tell you”?
  8. What did the Shunamite mean when she sent word to the prophet that all was well even though her son was dead? Was this an expression of faith or a refusal to accept reality?
  9. Use prompts from the Points to Ponder section to take the group discussion to a deeper level.

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