Lesson 77: Elijah
Elijah was a prophet of God. To be a prophet of God means to speak for God. Elijah spoke to the Israelites for God. The Israelites, after the time of Solomon, were beginning to worship false Gods. They now had a wicked king named Ahab. Ahab worshipped false Gods, too. Elijah wanted the people to worship and serve the only true God in Heaven.
Elijah spoke to king Ahab and said that God was not going to let the rain fall on their land. The king and the Israelits had broken the commands of God, so they had to be punished.
For over three years, they did not have any rain. When the fields became too dry, they could not grow any more food. The people could not get enough to drink or eat.
At the end of three years, Elijah told king Ahab to send all the people and the false prophets to Mount Carmel. These false prophets did not speak God's words, but they spoke lies and worshipped the false gods, too. Elijah was going to prove to them who was the one true God.
Elijah told the false prophets to offer a young animal to their false gods and Elijah would offer one to God in Heaven. Elijah said the God who sends fire and burnt the animal would be the true God. Elijah gave the false prophets lots of time to call on their gods and ask them to send fire. The false prophets cried and did all sorts of things to get fire sent, but no one answered them. Then Elijah prayed to God in Heaven and immediately God sent fire and burnt the offering right up. The people knew then that there was only one true God (1 Kings 18:36-39). The people promised Elijah they would serve and worship our God in Heaven. Then God sent the rain so that the people could have enough to eat and drink.
- Who was Elijah a prophet for?
- Who did wicked king Ahab worship?
- How did God punish Ahab and the people?
- Did the false gods send fire and burn the offering?