Week 34: 1 Kings 18, 2 Kings 2

Elijah and the Prophets of Baal & Elijah is Taken to Heaven

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No One Can Match the Power of Our One True God!

Elijah had a plan. It would be the showdown between the power of our one true God and Baal (the false god’s) prophets. Elijah and the false prophets would each prepare a sacrifice. Baal’s prophets would call on their god and Elijah would call on the Lord God. I think we know how the story ends. Elijah was confident on that too. In your Story Bible he says, “The true God will light the fire.” 

The prophets called on Baal but nothing happened. However, Elijah built an altar (which you will in a minute), and even had the people pour water on the altar three times. Then he prayed to God, “O Lord, let the people know that You are God. Let them know that You have turned their hearts back to You.” The Lord sent the fire and the people believed!

You are going to make the altar that Elijah made in your story today. 

  1. First you will put water at the bottom. Just crinkle up the blue tissue paper and with glue, glue it to the bottom of the page. This is the water that filled the trench.
  2. Next, cut out your twelve stones. Use those 12 stones to build your altar and glue them on top of the water. 
  3. Elijah also put the wood in order. Glue your four popsicle sticks on top of the stones.
  4. Finally, the Lord sent fire! Crinkle up the red, orange and yellow tissue paper and glue it on tope of the sticks.

A photo of my example is below but feel free to do it how you imagine it as well!

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Confidence, Over-Confidence or Confidence in God?

By Doug Schornhorst

I can remember going on many, many, job interviews and having very little confidence in getting my first job, just out of college. I can also remember when I started my first job having very little training and very little confidence when meeting with customers.  I also remember looking for a new job after working for 18 years and the confidence I had on my first and only interview with 18 years of experience. It was almost too easy to say, “yes, I know exactly how to do this, and this is why you should hire me.”

When Elijah comes up against King Ahab and the 450 prophets of Baal, he is confident that God will show His power. It many even seem that he is over-confident since he starts with one against 450 odds and then he gives the others a head start.  Then, he mocks them and their little god.  Next he has four large jars of water poured over the sacrifice – not once, not twice, but three times.  

Elijah has confidence in God and understands that this is not his fight, but God’s. He has years of experience trusting in the one true and unfailing God. God shows His power by sending fire from heaven and then He puts to death the prophets of this false god. This may seem like a bit of a show, but our God is jealous and wants His people, both then and now, to say “The Lord – He is God!”  

This is a great story and Elijah then sees God end a long drought by bring rain. You would think he would be riding a great high in this victory, but it only takes a short time until Jezebel threatens to kill him and we see the words, “Elijah was afraid and ran for his life”.

Isn’t this how our confidence in God goes much of the time? We get so excited and know that nothing can stop the greatness that is our God and then we get afraid and start running away from Him. Things may not always be easy and sometimes get downright scary but we need to continue to be confident that the same unchanging God who stood with Elijah tells us, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.”

Lord, may we be confident that You loved us enough to sacrifice Your life for us and  be confident You will continue to love us through the great victories and the scary things of this life until we go to join you in life everlasting. Amen.

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