Use this Elijah Sunday School lesson to teach children about respect.
Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and answer the questions before clarifying the teaching.)
So far, we’ve learned about how the prophet Elijah challenged the prophets of the fake gods, Baal and Asherah, to prove if their God was real or not. Does anyone remember what the challenge was? (Elijah killed one bull and put it on the altar and the prophets of Baal and Asherah killed another bull and put it on their altar. The god who sent fire down from Heaven to burn up the bull would be proven to be the real god.)
And which god sent fire down from Heaven to burn up the bull, the fake gods or the real God? (The real God.)
Then Elijah took the prophets of the fake gods, Baal and Asherah, and killed them because they were teaching the people to worship fake gods instead of the real God.
After that, the bad king and queen that were worshipping the fake gods died and a new king, King Amaziah, ruled over Israel. But King Amaziah was a bad king too, because he also worshipped the fake god, Baal, instead of worshipping the real God
One day, King Amaziah was walking outside on his porch when the wood broke underneath him and he fell down the hole and hurt himself pretty bad. His servants helped him out and put him in bed and then King Amaziah sent a messenger to ask the priest of the false god, Baal, if he would get better from his injuries.
(Read 2 Kings 1:3-6 with your students.)
Why did God say that King Amaziah was going to die? What bad thing did King Amaziah do? (King Amaziah believed in the fake god, Baal, instead of the real God, so God was going to punish him by making him die.)
Remember that God’s number one rule is that we only believe in Him and not any fake gods.
(Read 2 Kings 1:7-10 with your students.)
Why did Elijah call fire down from God to burn up the army captain and his men? (The king sent the army captain to arrest Elijah and Elijah didn’t want the bad king to arrest him. Elijah was afraid that if he let the army captain arrest him, then King Amaziah might put him in prison or kill him, so he called fire down from God to protect himself.)
(Act out this scene with your students. Choose one student to be Elijah and the other to be the first army captain. Set “Elijah” on one side of the room and then have the army captain come up and order Elijah to come with him. Then tell Elijah to call fire down from God and have the captain pretend that fire came down and killed the first captain.)
(Read 2 Kings 1:11-12 with your students.)
(Act out this scene as you did the first, choosing a new student to be the second captain.)
(Read 2 Kings 1:13-15 with your students.)
Why didn’t Elijah call fire down from God to burn up this third army captain? (The third army captain asked nicely for Elijah to come with him and God said that Elijah didn’t have to be afraid of this one.)
(Act out this scene with a new student being the third captain and asking Elijah to come with him nicely. Instruct Elijah to go with him and both students take their seats.)
This third army captain was good because he showed respect for God and for God’s prophet, Elijah. We have to be careful to always show respect to God and to the leaders that God chooses.
(Read 2 Kings 1:16-17 with your students.)
So there are two things we should remember from this lesson today. One, we should only believe in the real God and not any fake gods. Two, we should always show respect to God and to the leaders that God chooses. If we do those two things, then God will be happy with us.
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