Elijah Ran from Jezebel
1 Kings 19
“Long ago God spoke… by the prophets… In these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son.” Hebrews 1:1-2
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.
Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.
KEY PASSAGE: Hebrews 1:1-2
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
- How many gods are there? There is one true God.
BIBLE STORY: ELIJAH RAN FROM JEZEBEL
- Jezebel wanted to hurt Elijah.
- Elijah ran into the wilderness to hide.
- God encouraged Elijah.
- God spoke to Elijah in a whisper.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:
- Why do you think God showed Himself in a whisper instead of the re, wind, or earthquake?
- What are other ways God has shown Himself to people?
- How can we know that God cares for us when we feel afraid or discouraged?
- Make a “telephone” by poking a hole in the bottom of two plastic cups. read string through both holes, tying knots in each end to hold strings in place. Hold the string taut to share whispers across a room.
NEXT WEEK “Elisha and Naaman” (2 Kings 5)