Saturday, June 14, 2014

Online Sunday School Lessons - God Appears to Elijah

Another great addition to your online Sunday School lessons! Use this lesson to teach students about listening to God.

Needed: Bibles              

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 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.

Today, we’re going to learn about what happened to Elijah next.

King Ahab went home and told his wife, Queen Jezebel, about everything had happened. Queen Jezebel didn’t believe in the real God. She believed in the fake gods, Baal and Asherah, and when she heard that Elijah had killed all of her prophets, she was so mad that she decided to kill Elijah

(Read 1 Kings 19:3-4 with your students.)

Why did Elijah run away? (Because he was afraid that Queen Jezebel was going to kill him.)

Should Elijah have been afraid? (No, he should have trusted that God could protect him.)

Elijah says that he wants to die. Do you think people should want to die?

We shouldn’t want to die because God gave us life. Life is a gift from God and it’s special, so we should try to make the best of our lives and not want to die until the end of our life when it’s time for us to die.

(Read 1 Kings 19:5-13 with your students.)

Did God’s voice come out of the loud wind or the earthquake or the fire? (No.)

God’s voice didn’t come out of any of those big and powerful things, but out of a the gentle breeze. A lot of times, we think of God talking to us by doing big things like miracles, but sometimes God talks to us in little things. We have to learn to listen for God in the big things and in the little things, when He talks loud and when He talks soft. Sometimes, God talks so soft that we can only hear it inside our hearts. We have to listen for God to talk to us in any way that He wants to.

What are some ways that God talks to us? (Through the Bible, miracles, prayer, listening to people teach us like our parents or Sunday School teacher or pastor, our conscience, etc.)

Then God told Elijah, “Go find a man named Elisha and tell him that I have chosen him to be a prophet too. He will be your helper and you will teach him how to be a prophet.”

A little while later, King Ahab went to war and was shot with arrows and killed. God wanted Ahab to die because Ahab was a bad king and didn’t do the right things God wanted him to do. After that, another man attacked the castle and threw Queen Jezebel out of a window and killed her because she was a bad queen who worshiped fake gods instead of the real God and tried to kill all of the real God’s prophets.

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