Elijah, Ahab & Jezebel
the Prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel,
and the Still Small Voice
Summary of Lesson Activities:
Uses the Elijah & Jonah CD (Sunday Software), from which the graphics here were cribbed. That CD has 3 different Elijah stories.
1 Kings 18 and 19
Why teach this story?
- Elijah is considered to be "the greatest prophet," and certainly one of Israel's most famous, in part, because he was active during the reign King Ahab, one of the most despised kings. He stood tall against false prophets, and when he became discouraged and exhausted, hid on Mt Sinai, only to be nurtured by God and sent to get help (find Elisha!).
- Elijah is the 'other' person who appears to Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration, ...Moses being the first.
- Elijah was thought to be coming back when the Messiah appeared. Indeed, passers-by at the cross thought they heard Jesus calling upon Elijah.
- At Seder there is a CUP known as "Elijah's Cup." It would be filled and celebrants would look to see if Elijah would enter the room to announce the Day of the Lord. Thus by extension, our cup at Communion, raised by Jesus, is Elijah's cup.
- This particular story also sets up the pivotal story of Elijah training Elisha to take over his ministry. Elijah is taken up in a whirlwind and Elisha "picks up the mantle." It's a great metaphor for Christian education. (That story is also on the CD referenced below.)
- The story of Elijah is one of PERSEVERANCE, LISTENING to God, and the importance of recognizing even faith heroes need HELP! The story's vivid imagery delivers the message big time!
- Gather the materials.
- Read the scripture ahead of time
- Explore the software
Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet the children and introduce yourself.
Open with a prayer.
See what the students already know about this story.
Write out the 'agenda for the day' (what you want them to do in the software, and main questions of the day) for all to see, especially your assistant teachers.
Write in large letters: "EVEN HEROES NEED HELP" and ask the student to explain what they think this might mean. (the story will make the importance of this idea clear)
Write in large letters: "HOW DOES GOD SPEAK TO US?" and ask for student suggestions. The end of the story (the still small voice) will focus on this.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
The CD presents nearly the entire story of Elijah, Ahab and Jezebel, the Contest with the Prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel, Elijah escaping to Mt Sinai, and Earthquake, Wind and Fire, and the Still Small Voice, ...all in a kid-friendly way. (See the complete outline and info about what else is on the CD.)
Importantly, you will be spending MOST of your class time IN the software. The software fully presents the story, has pop-up notes, quizzes, and activities, and has reflection content and a game. Ages 8 to adult will enjoy it.
Below is a screenshot of the final interactive page in the Elijah story showing its collection of follow-up discussion questions and activities to select from. The printable student worksheet shows more detail of what's in some of these post-story interactives.
Dive into the Software! (Approx 20 minutes)
Split into groups of 2 or 3 with a teaching assistant at each computer and start at the beginning of the Elijah~Prophets~Small Voice story on the CD.
To guide students through the Elijah story, you may want to download the free Student Worksheet from Sunday Software's Elijah webpage.
♦♦♦ Depending on your number of helpers, you may feel that your kids "got" the story and its meaning, have discussed it, and are ready to play the Baal Invaders game found on the CD. You might also choose to break away from the computer to compare notes with your kids before going into the game.
Reflect (5 minutes, as they will have already done some of this in the story).
The following items are found on the student worksheet and are printed in this lesson plan for reference. You may choose to discuss them as a group after using the software. The empty boxes on the worksheet are there to be PRE-CHECKED by the teacher to denote which questions you want the kids to be prepared to answer. The page number refers to the page in the interactive story.
Page 9: The Angel helps Elijah
- When you feel alone or defeated, who comes to help you?
- What do they say that helps?
Page 10: Earthquake, Wind and Fire.
- Where do you “run off to” to feel safe or look for answers to your problems?
- What is God’s response to Elijah’s problems? (Get help! but where can you go to find YOUR "Elisha"?)
Page 11: End Page with Study Elements and Game
- Why did God bring Elijah out to see earthquake, wind and fire?
- What is your #1 complaint to God about?
- Name three people in your life who are ready to help you with your problems:
- How is The Church like the 7000?
Additional software teaching tips for this story can be found in Sunday Software's Teacher's Outline to the Elijah CD.
End with a prayer.
A lesson written by Neil MacQueen
Disclaimer: The author of this lesson also sells the software mentioned and has been encouraged by the Rotation Board to post lessons. This is the only software which covers this story. You are welcome to post other software and lesson suggestions below.