Week 34

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.

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. How would you have felt if you were there when God sent down fire?
    • scared to death
    • convicted
    • convinced
    • converted
  4. What impresses you the most about Elijah in this duel?
    • his guts
    • his theatrical flair
    • his faith
    • his prayer
    • his taunting
    • his fury
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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

 

  1. 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?
  2. What does everyone suspect about Elisha (v. 7; see 1 Kings 19:19)?
  3. 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)?
  4. 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)?
  5. 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)?
  6. 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”?
  7. 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?
  8. Have you ever had the mantle of leadership passed onto you? What was it like? Could you truly be yourself?
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