THIS WEEK'S LESSON
Elijah and the Widow
BIBLE PASSAGE: 1 Kings 17
STORY POINT: God provided in miraculous ways.
KEY PASSAGE: Isaiah 42:8
BIG PICTURE QUESTION: How many gods are there? There is one true God who alone deserves worship.
Overview For Parents:
After King Solomon died, the tribes of Israel split into two kingdoms— the Northern Kingdom of Israel and the Southern Kingdom of Judah. Jeroboam was the king of Israel, and Solomon’s son Rehoboam was the king of Judah. These two kingdoms were frequently at war with each other, and they rotated through mostly evil kings for decades. Ahab was the king of Israel when the prophet Elijah came to him.
The name Elijah means “My God is Yahweh.” We don’t know anything about Elijah’s background or family, but God chose Elijah (and later the prophet Elisha) to warn the Israelites of their future destruction. For years, God sent prophets to warn His people about the consequences their sin would bring. He wanted them to turn back to Him, but they would not.
Three significant events occur in 1 Kings 17. First, Elijah announced a drought in the land of Israel. Evil King Ahab and his wife Jezebel encouraged Baal worship, so the drought was punishment for Israel’s idolatry—according to the law of God. (Deut. 11:16-17) God provided for Elijah during the drought.
Second, Elijah visited a widow. God promised the widow would provide for him. Lack of rain caused a famine in the land. God provided food for the widow and her son. Elijah stayed with the widow for two years.
Third, Elijah raised the widow’s son from the dead. Elijah asked God to bring the boy back to life, and God did. The woman believed that Elijah was a man of God and that his words from God were true.
Help kids connect this story to Jesus. God miraculously provided through Elijah to give food to the widow and life to the widow’s son. Many years later, God miraculously provided through His own Son, Jesus. Jesus is greater than Elijah. In Jesus, God provides salvation and life to everyone who trusts in Him.
He Has Done Great Things
When God says something is going to happen, it happens; when God says he is going to do something, he does it. Today's story is a great reminder that God is faithful to his word, and he does great things to remind us of his faithfulness. When was a time that God was faithful to you? How does it feel to know that God IS faithful?
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