Elijah faced some difficult circumstances, but God didn’t leave him. God gave him Elisha, a friend and successor. Both Elijah and Elisha, though they faced difficult circumstances, led lives and had messages that pointed the people around them to the ultimate prophet, priest, and king – Jesus Christ. 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 God revealed Himself to Elijah in a whisper.
BIBLE PASSAGE – DAY TWO:
This week’s Bible story comes from 1 Kings 19. This story can be found on page 98 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:
God had shown King Ahab and all the people that He is the one true God. King Ahab told his wife Jezebel what had happened at Mount Carmel, and Jezebel was angry. She sent a message to tell Elijah that she planned to kill him.
Elijah ran far away into the wilderness where Jezebel could not find him. He prayed to God, “Lord, I’ve had enough. Take my life.” Then Elijah lay down under a broom tree and fell asleep.
God sent an angel to help Elijah. The angel touched Elijah and said, “Get up and eat.” Elijah got up and saw a loaf of baked bread and a jar of water. He ate and drank and lay down again.
A second time, the angel came and touched Elijah. “Get up and eat,” the angel said. “This journey will be hard.” Elijah ate and drank. The food gave him strength to travel 40 days and 40 nights to Horeb, the mountain of God.
When Elijah came to the mountain, he spent the night in a cave. The word of the Lord came to Elijah. God said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
“Lord, I’ve done my best to obey You,” Elijah replied, “but Your people have not obeyed You! They are trying to kill me!”
“Go out and stand on the mountain,” God said. A strong wind rushed by the mountain, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake, there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire, there was a voice – a soft whisper.
“What are you doing here, Elijah?” a voice asked again.
“Lord, I’ve done my best to obey You,” Elijah repeated, “but Your people have not obeyed You! They are trying to kill me!”
The Lord told Elijah to anoint three men as leaders – Hazael would be king in the land of Aram, Jehu would be king in the land of Israel, and Elisha would be a prophet after Elijah.
Elijah obeyed God. He found Elisha plowing a field, and Elisha left his work to follow Elijah and serve him.
REVIEW QUESTIONS – DAY THREE:
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- Who was King Ahab’s wife? (Jezebel)
- What did Jezebel want to do to Elijah? (kill him)
- What did Elijah do because he was afraid of Jezebel? (ran into the wilderness to hide)
- Whom did God send to help Elijah? (an angel)
- Was God in the wind, earthquake, or fire? (no, God was in the soft whisper)
- Who tried to kill Elijah? (Jezebel)
- What did God’s angel guide Elijah to do when he was discouraged? (to eat and sleep)
- What did God provide for Elijah to eat? (bread and water)
- How long did Elijah travel before reaching Mount Horeb? (40 days and 40 nights)
- Why was Elijah so discouraged? (the Israelites no longer worshiped the one true God)
- How did God reveal Himself to Elijah? (God revealed Himself to Elijah in a whisper)
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.
Some people did not like Elijah, and they wanted to hurt him because he worshiped God. Elijah’s life reminds us of Jesus, the greatest Prophet, Jesus was hated and killed because He is God the Son.
As a prophet of God, Elijah faced enemies who wanted to hurt him. Elijah’s life points forward to Jesus, the greatest Prophet, who was hated and killed for sharing and teaching God’s Word.
PRAY – DAY FIVE:
As you pray, thank God for how He encouraged Elijah in this story even when his enemies wanted to kill him and how He reminded Elijah that he was never alone. Ask God to use you to encourage one of your friends this week. Thank God for sending Jesus, who followed God’s plan even when His enemies did kill Him. Thank God for never leaving us.