For years, Israel would continue to be ruled by evil kings, and the Israelites continued to disobey God. God sent prophets like Elijah to reveal His power, love, and faithfulness to His people. God reminded them of His plan to send a Rescuer, Jesus, to take away their sin. Follow along with this devotion, which you can walk through with your family in 10-15 minutes one night this week or review it in 3-5 minutes over the course of the week.
KEY VERSE – DAY ONE:
Review the key verses and hand motions for this unit with your children.
“Long ago, God spoke to the fathers by the prophets at different times and in different ways. In these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son. God has appointed Him heir of all things and made the universe through Him.” – Hebrews 1:1-2
BIG PICTURE QUESTION – DAY ONE:
Ask your children the Big Picture Question for this unit: How many gods are there? There is one true God who alone deserves worship.
MAIN POINT – DAY ONE:
Share with your children that this week’s main point is The one true God defeated the prophets of Baal.
BIBLE PASSAGE – DAY TWO:
This week’s Bible story comes from 1 Kings 18. This story can be found on page 96 of the Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook. Take some time now to read these passages with your children or you can refer to the Bible story summary below!
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
Ahab was the king of Israel. He led the Israelites away from God, and the Israelites worshiped a false god named Baal. The things King Ahab did made God angry, so God caused a drought. The drought would show King Ahab and all the people that God – not Baal – is powerful and in control of all things.
For three years, no rain fell in the land. The lakes and rivers dried up. People could not grow crops in the fields. Finally, God was ready to send rain.
God sent a prophet named Elijah to give a message to King Ahab. “You have caused this trouble by disobeying God and worshipping false gods,” Elijah told him. Then Elijah invited King Ahab, the Israelites, and the prophets who worshiped Baal to gather at Mount Carmel.
Elijah told the people, “Make up your minds! If you believe the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, then follow him.”
Elijah set up a challenge to show who the one true God is. The prophets of Baal set up an altar for their false god. They prepared a bull and put it on their altar. “You call to Baal and ask him to send fire to your altar,” Elijah told the people. “I will call on the Lord. The God who answers by fire is the one true God.” From morning until noon, the prophets of Baal cried out to Baal. “Answer us!” they said. But no one answered.
Then the people gathered around Elijah. He dug a trench around his altar, prepared a bull, and put it on a pile of wood. Elijah had four jars of water poured on the wood. Then he asked for more water. Everything was wet.
Elijah prayed to God, “Lord, answer me so that these people will know that You, Lord, are God.”
God sent fire from the sky. The fire burned up the bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It burned up the water in the trench. There was no doubt that the Lord is the one true God.
The men who had worshiped Baal fell on their faces and said, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!”
The sky grew dark with clouds, and God sent a great rain. The Lord ended the drought and proved that He is the one true God.
REVIEW QUESTIONS – DAY THREE:
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- What false god did King Ahab worship? (Baal)
- What did God do because King Ahab led Israel to worship Baal? (sent a drought)
- Who set up a contest to show who the one true God is? (Elijah)
- Why did Baal not send fire to the altar? (because Baal is not real)
- Why did Elijah want water poured on his altar? (so the people could see God do what is impossible)
- Which prophet stood up to King Ahab and the prophets of Baal? (Elijah)
- What was the name of the false god in the story? (Baal)
- What did Elijah and the prophets of Baal each build? (an altar)
- What did Elijah pour over the wood on his altar? (water)
- How did God show that He is the one true God? (when Elijah prayed, God sent fire from heaven to burn up the bull, altar, and water)
- How many gods are there? (there is one true God who alone deserves worship)
WORSHIP – DAY FOUR:
CHRIST CONNECTION – DAY FIVE:
It’s amazing to see how things that happened in the Old Testament are connected to the New Testament and the Gospel – the good news that Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins because of His love for us. These Christ connections show us that God has been preparing us for a relationship with Jesus since the beginning of time.
The people who worshiped the false god Baal worked very hard to show they loved Baal, but Baal was silent. The one true God is not like false gods. Instead, God showed His love for us by sending His Son, Jesus, to be the Savior of the world.
The people who worshiped the false god Baal danced and cried and cut their bodies to show that they loved Baal. But the one true God is not like the false gods. Instead, He showed His love for us by sending His Son, Jesus. Jesus bled and died to rescue us from sin when we trust in Him.
PRAY – DAY FIVE:
As you pray, praise God that He is the one true God and that He hears our prayers. Praise Him for how powerful and good He is. Ask Him to help us worship Him alone because Hs is the one true God. Thank Him for sending Jesus to be our Savior and King.