March 15: Elijah Confronts Ahab
Unit 13, Session 2: Elijah Confronted Evil Ahab
Elijah told King Ahab to gather all the people of Israel and the prophets of Baal at Mount Carmel. Elijah issued a challenge to the people: Follow God or follow Baal. The prophets of Baal shouted to their false god. Nothing happened. Elijah called on the power of God to prove to the worshipers of Baal that God is the one true God. By sending fire from heaven, God displayed His great power. God would use His power years later to raise Jesus from the dead, showing that Jesus is the Son of God.
While Elijah and the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel is one of the most popular stories involving this great prophet there are many others as well. Right before this miracle of God’s power
-Elijah is fed by Ravens in the desert (1 Kings 17:1-6)
-He stays with a widow and her son and their jars of flour and oil are miraculously never empty (1 Kings 17:7-16)
-Elijah, by God’s power, raises this same son from death (1 Kings 17:17-24)
It is after these events that Elijah and the prophets of Baal have their show down on Mount Carmel. Follow the Story in the old testament (first half of your bible) 1 Kings chapter 18 verses 1-45.
1. How did Ahab feel about Elijah? (1 Kings 18:9-10, 17)
2. When Elijah told Obadiah to tell Ahab he was coming to see him what was Obadiah’s response? (1 Kings 18:9)
3. Who or what did Ahab blame the famine and hard times on? (1 Kings 18:17)
4. Who had really caused the land to be without rain? What had he done to cause this? (1 Kings 18: 18)
When Elijah met the people and the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel he said to them: “If the LORD is God than follow him, but if Baal is God, follow him” (1 Kings 18: 21)
5. What happened when Baal’s prophets called out to him to bring fire down from heaven onto their sacrifice? (1 Kings 18:25-29)
Then Elijah built an altar out of 12 stones, one for each of the tribes brought out of Egypt. On top of that he put wood, and the bull. (1 Kings 18:30-33)
6. What did Elijah do next? How easy would it be to light this fire even if Elijah could use matches? (1 Kings 18: 33-35)
Then Elijah called out to the LORD: “O LORD, God of Abraham, Issac, and Israel, let it be know today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all the these things at your command. Answer me O LORD, answer me so these people will know that You, O LORD are GOd and you are turning their hearts back again” (1 Kings 18: 36-37)
7. What happened after this prayer? (1 Kings 18:38)
8. How did the people respond? (1 Kings 18:39)
9. How did the worshipers of Baal feel? What was their response? What happened to them? (1 Kings 18: 40)
Then after three years of deathly famine and drought (time without rain) GOD sent RAIN upon the land! (1 Kings 18: 41-45)
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