Unit 13, Session 2: Elijah Ran from Jezebel
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. (See 1 Kings 19:4.)
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.
Help your kids understand that God’s prophets suffered, but their lives and messages pointed forward to the ultimate prophet, priest, and king—Jesus Christ—who suffered for the sins of the world. Jesus was hated and killed, but His death and resurrection brought victory for God’s people.
FAMILY STARTING POINTS
● Babies and Toddlers
○ There is one true God.
○ God spoke to Elijah in a small whisper.
○ Nothing can stop God’s plan.
○ Jesus is with us when we are afraid.
○ How many gods are there? There is one true God.
○ God encouraged Elijah.
○ How many gods are there? There is one true God who alone deserves worship.
○ God revealed Himself to Elijah in a whisper.
UNIT KEY PASSAGE
● Hebrews 1:1-2
● “Elisha and Naaman” (2 Kings 5)
Disciplr EXPLORERS: Grace vs. Works (Gr.5/6)
Know: We are saved by grace and not by works.
Think: God gives us the wonderful gift of grace.
Do: Thank God for His wonderful gift.
THE MORE YOU KNOW:
When people study the Old Testament, they often ask, “Why Israel?” Besides the obvious answer, that He had promised Abraham to make his descendants a great nation, God chose them because their size made them unlikely. In Deuteronomy 7:6-8, God Moses tells us that God didn’t choose them because they were the largest nation. He chose them because they were the “least of all peoples.” What does this show us about the nature of God? It shows us that God likes working in the unlikely. Couple this verse with 2 Corinthians 12:9-11 and it becomes obvious that God isn’t just able to work through our weaknesses, He plans to. His glory is made more obvious in the world through our weaknesses, shortcomings, and the black eyes in each of our pasts. He could have chosen a political juggernaut to establish His nation in, but that is not God’s way. He takes weakness and makes it strong when His people choose to discipline their own free will and allow Him to work and move.
Help your kids understand the GIFT of God’s grace versus the oppression of works-based faith.