Use this Elijah on Mount Carmel Sunday School lesson to teach kids about the prophet Elijah and who the real God is.
Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and answer the questions before clarifying the teaching.)
Last time, we learned about how the prophet Elijah told King Ahab that God wasn’t going to let it rain anymore. Does anyone remember why God wasn’t going to let it rain anymore? (Because King Ahab was worshipping fake gods and not doing the right things that God wanted him to.)
God said that it would only rain again when King Ahab started to believe in Him and do the right things.
Today, we’re going to learn about what God and Elijah did next.
After three years of not having any rain in the kingdom of Israel, King Ahab was getting desperate. All the grass had died and they were going to have to start killing the animals because there wasn’t enough grass for the animals to eat or water for the animals to drink.
Elijah had been hiding from King Ahab because he was afraid that Ahab would kill him, but now God told Elijah to go see King Ahab.
(Read 1 Kings 18:17-24 with your students.)
So Elijah and the prophets of the fake gods, Baal and Asherah, are going to each kill a bull and put it up on an altar on this mountain. Then they’re going to pray and whichever god sends fire down from Heaven to burn up the bull, that will prove who the real god is.
Do you think the fake gods, Baal and Asherah, will send fire down from Heaven to burn up the bull, or will the real God send fire down from Heaven to burn up the bull?
(Read 1 Kings 18:25-29 with your students.)
Why do you think Baal won’t send fire down from Heaven to burn up the bull? (Because Baal isn’t real. He’s a fake god.)
(Read 1 Kings 18:29-35 with your students.)
Why do you think Elijah keeps telling the people to pour water on the bull? (To make it even harder for God to send fire down from Heaven and burn it up.)
(Read 1 Kings 18:36-40 with your students.)
Did God send fire down from Heaven to burn up the bull like Elijah prayed for? (Yes.)
And did the people believe in the real God again? (Yes.)
It says that Elijah took all the prophets of the fake god, Baal, and had them killed. Why do you think he did that? (Because they were teaching people to believe in the fake gods instead of the real God.)
(Read 1 Kings 18:41-46 with your students.)
What does it mean when it says that the sky started cloudy? What was about to happen? (It was going to rain.)