Hey BridgeKids Families!
The prophet Elijah had just witnessed God’s great display of power over the false god Baal. God had sent fire from heaven and then ended a long drought with a great rain. Elijah must have felt a sense of victory; the evil King Ahab could not deny the one true God. But trouble awaited Elijah in the form of Ahab’s wife, Jezebel.
When Jezebel heard what happened at Mount Carmel, she threatened to kill Elijah. Elijah ran away and hid in the wilderness. What a change Elijah experienced! He went from a man faithfully and confidently praying for God’s glory to be displayed at Mount Carmel to a man begging the Lord to take away his life.
Open your Bibles to 1 Kings 19. If you have younger kids you can use a story Bible to read it with them. Here you will read about how God was merciful to Elijah. An angel of the Lord brought Elijah food and drink while he rested. Then Elijah traveled to Horeb for a personal encounter with God. Horeb—another name for Mount Sinai—was a familiar place in the history of Israel. It was the place where God gave the Ten Commandments to the Israelites and where Moses met with God.
After the events in 1 Kings 18, Elijah might have expected a grand display of God’s presence, but what he experienced was just the opposite. The Lord was not in the wind. The Lord was not in the earthquake. The Lord was not in the fire. God revealed Himself to Elijah in a voice, a soft whisper.
Elijah’s circumstances were difficult, but God didn’t leave him. God gave him Elisha, a friend and successor. God assured Elijah that he was not alone; there were 7,000 people in Israel who had not turned to worship Baal.
As a prophet of God, Elijah faced enemies who wanted to hurt him. Elijah’s life points forward to Jesus, the greatest Prophet, who was hated and killed for sharing and teaching God’s Word.
Ask the questions:
- Who wanted to kill Elijah? (Jezebel, 1 Kings 19:2)
- How many times did the angel of the Lord wake Elijah to eat? (twice, 1 Kings 19:7)
- Where did Elijah travel after eating? (Mount Horeb, or the mountain of God; 1 Kings 19:8)
- What did Elijah see/hear at the mountain? (a great wind, a re, an earthquake, and a whisper; 1 Kings 19:11-12)
- In which sight/sound was God? (God revealed Himself to Elijah in a whisper, 1 Kings 19:12-13)
- What was Elijah’s next task? (to anoint three leaders: Hazael, Jehu, and Elisha; 1 Kings 19:15-17)
- How many gods are there? There is one true God who alone deserves our worship.
- New Memory Verse – Our current memory is: Hebrews 1:1-2 – In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.
- Penny Wars!: It was so awesome to give the big check to Mr. Osmar! Our kids raised $664.17 for the Sunshine Kids Club in Peru! Now we are raising money for Christmas gifts for a family in need. Teach your kids what it means to give and have them bring their pennies every Sunday!