The Bible describes King Ahab as one that “did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him”. Although he was following in his father’s footsteps, his wife, Jezebel, greatly influenced his actions against Jehovah (I Kings 16:30-34).
Queen Jezebel was the daughter of a Phoenician king. She was a worshipper of Baal, a reference in the Bible to any false god. This means that when Jezebel married Ahab, she not only brought her servants with her, but she brought the presence of numerous false gods with her into the pal- ace. Jezebel not only worshipped Baal, but she also displayed such a hatred for Jehovah- worshippers, that she started a campaign (with the approval of Ahab) to have them all killed. The prophets of Baal were given national prominence, with some even living within the royal palace.
When the Israelites entered the Promised Land, one of the first commands that God gave to them was not to intermarry with other nations. God’s reasoning was because the other nations would turn Israel away from God and cause them to worship false gods. Ahab and Jezebel were perfect examples of God’s prediction being fulfilled.
God gives commands to help us be fully committed to Him so that we will not turn away and waste our time on other gods. Think about the examples of Israel’s and Judah’s kings and what hap- pened because they served false gods. Do you choose the gods of Israel or the GOD of Judah?
Review: Last week we learned about the kings of Israel, the Northern Kingdom. We read about five different kings, all of which were evil and caused Israel to sin. Their sinful leadership caused Israel to be a nation full of trouble and constant change. In the time of forty years, Israel had 5 different kings.
The Southern Kingdom, Judah, was just the opposite. During the same forty years, Judah had just one king because the Bible says that he was fully com- mitted to God. What was the king of Judah’s name? King Asa
Scripture ReadingThis is the most important part of family worship. If you don’t have time to do anything else, be sure to do this section. I Kings 18
- Who was Elijah and who was Ahab?
Elijah was a prophet chosen by God to bring His message to Israel; Ahab was the king of the Northern Kingdom; he was a very wicked king.
- The people of Israel were going back and forth between worshipping God and worshipping Baal. Elijah gave the prophets of Baal a challenge. What was it?
Elijah wanted the people to see for themselves who the real God was. They set up two altars, each with a bull to sacrifice. Would Baal or would God send down fire to burn up the sacrifice?
- What did the prophets of Baal do to get fire sent down to burn up the sacrifice?
They danced, shouted, and even cut themselves with knives. Of course, they were doing all this for nothing. Baal was just an idol. He was not a god of any kind. No fire came.
- What did Elijah do?
First he laid twelve stones at the base of the altar representing the twelve tribes of Israel. Then he had the people pour water over the sacrifice three times. He then prayed a simple prayer of faith asking God to show the people His power. Immediately fire fell from the sky, burned up the sacrifice, the altar, the water, and the dirt.
- How did the people respond when they saw God send the fire?
They fell down on their faces and cried out, “The Lord He is God! The Lord He is God!”
- The people of Israel were going back and forth between worshipping God and living for Him, and worshipping the idols of the world and living for them. In what ways are we just like the children of Israel?
Talk about how easy it is to live for Christ in some situations, but act totally different at other times. As an example, you can compare how a person acts in church to how that same person might act at home .
This is a good opportunity to talk about hypocrisy and how God desires for us to be fully committed to Him at all times.
God not only sent fire from heaven, but everything on the altar including the dust around it was burned. God left no doubt that He was the one true God. He wanted His children to turn back to Him. God is the same God today as He was on Mt. Carmel. He desires His children to be fully committed to Him. Use your prayer time as a commitment to be a family that is fully committed to God. Use Joshua 24:15 as your prayer of commitment.
- Graham crackers
- Animal crackers
- Red licorice
- Mini marshmallows
- Pretzel sticks
- Frosting—chocolate will make it taste like a S’more
1. Give each person 1/2 a graham cracker
2. Frost the graham cracker
3. Place marshmallows on graham cracker representing the stones for the altar
4. Frost the top of the marshmallows
5. Place pretzels on marshmallows representing the wood
6. Each person choose an animal cracker and frost the back of it
7. Place animal on “wood” representing the sacrifice 8. Arrange licorice “fire” and attach to the sacrifice
(Vista Dublin lesson January 18th, Vista Worthington Lesson, February 1st)