1 Kings 18, 2 kings 2
As you read through the Scripture, choose from the following questions to guide discussion in your group. Don’t feel that you need to talk about all of them.
Read 1 Kings 18:16-40
After announcing to wicked King Ahab the beginning of a severe drought, the prophet Elijah left Israel. Now, about three years later, Elijah returns.
- What do you think was Elijah’s main reason for challenging the other prophets?
- to show them up
- to destroy them
- to prove the Lord’s superiority
- to call Israel back to the Lord
- Why do you suppose the people said nothing when Elijah challenged them (v. 21)?
- They were afraid.
- They were angry.
- They were ashamed.
- They thought it was okay to worship both the Lord and Baal.
- How would you have felt if you were there when God sent down fire?
- scared to death
- What impresses you the most about Elijah in this duel?
- his guts
- his theatrical flair
- his faith
- his prayer
- his taunting
- his fury
- When you are confronted with differing viewpoints about God, what do you do?
- accept the most convincing one
- research the Bible
- talk to Christian friends
- pray about it
- waver back and forth
- ignore the whole thing
- What convinces you that God is more powerful than anything else?
- mighty miracles
- his Word
- the changes in people’s lives
- the changes in my own life
- the inadequacy of other “gods” and worldly pleasures
- What would it mean for you to follow Elijah’s example of taking a risk?
- sharing my faith with someone who doesn’t believe in God
- asking God to heal someone instantly
- getting up in church and telling what God has done in my life
- saying “no” and explaining why when others want me to do wrong
- In this story, God clearly showed himself as the “Higher Power. What is your biggest struggle in submitting to God as your “Higher Power”?
Read 2 Kings 2:1-18
- Why does Elijah continue to ask Elisha to stay behind (vv. 1-6)? Why does he keep refusing? What does it tell about each man and their relationship?
- What does everyone suspect about Elisha (v. 7; see 1 Kings 19:19)?
- Why use a cloak instead of a bridge or boat (vv. 8, 14)? To what authority does this action tie him (see Exodus 14:21-22; Joshua 3:7, 13)?
- What does Elisha mean by “a double portion of your spirit” (v. 9; see Deuteronomy 21:17)? Is this a presumptuous request? Why does Elijah say it’s a “difficult thing” (v. 10; see Numbers 11:17, 25)?
- What do you suppose happened next to Elijah and why? What do the eyewitnesses think happened (vv. 15-18) Why does he get special treatment (compare Enoch, see Genesis 5:24)?
- What does Elisha mean in verse 12? How does he feel? Has he passed Elijah’s test (v. 10) or been granted the request (v. 9)? How does he “double check”?
- Many biblical heroes – Elijah, John the Baptist, Paul, Jesus himself – raised no family. What are the advantages of being single or celibate? Disadvantages? Did you ever consider it an option for you?
- Have you ever had the mantle of leadership passed onto you? What was it like? Could you truly be yourself?