10 Elijah fed by Ravens

UNIT #: 
II
Lesson Theme: 
Theme: God provides for those who trust in Him.
Aim: 

Students will learn that God loves them and takes care of them. To learn that God will protect and provide for the people who trust in Him. 

Bible Passage: 

1 Kings 17:1-6

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Elijah Predicts a Drought

17 Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.” The word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Go from here and turn eastward, and hide yourself by the Wadi Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. You shall drink from the wadi, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” So he went and did according to the word of the Lord; he went and lived by the Wadi Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the wadi.

Teacher’s Preparation: 

Teachers, take a few minutes to allow your children the opportunity to share experiences of how God has provided for them. Have children draw pictures of everyday things that we need in our lives.  Tape the pictures onto your bulletin board titled “God Will Supply all our Needs “.  Remind students that it is pretty amazing to see all the different ways God has taken care of each, and every one of us.

Main Ideas: 

God was provoked to anger when His people turned away from him

A long time ago there lived an evil king, named Ahab, who ruled over the Israelites.  He married Jezebel, daughter of king of Sidon, and she told Ahab to worship an idol called Baal. Ahab built a temple for Baal and set up an altar and prayed to Baal.  Ahab led the people of Israel to sin against God by worshipping, and offering sacrifices to Baal and other idols. By doing all this, Ahab displeased the Lord.

God calls Elijah

While Ahab was king, the Lord sent a prophet named Elijah to warn him. Elijah was a man of God. Elijah went to Ahab, and declared “it will not rain in Israel for a long time”. He also added that rain would fall on the land again, only “if I pray and ask God to make it happen”. Elijah could have been killed by the king for talking in this way. 

It did not rain and nothing would grow on the land. The water in the rivers and streams dried up.  The people and animals suffered without any food and water. The people trusted in the idols to bring rain not God. When the drought became very severe, King Ahab became very angry with Elijah for bringing suffering to his people.

God sends Elijah to a safe place           

God told Elijah "leave this place and hide by the Brook Cherith, and you shall drink from the brook”.  God then added “I have commanded the ravens to feed you there”. So Elijah did what the Lord asked him to do. He walked all the way to the Brook Cherith. It was located on the east side of the Jordan River. He drank from the brook, and the ravens came every morning and evening, to bring bread and meat for Elijah to eat.

God surely provided for Elijah’s needs.  He came to trust, more than ever in the miraculous ways God provided for him.

Activities: 

Make a Raven Puppet

Materials:

Yellow and black construction paper

Paper bags

Scissors

Black crayons /black paint (optional: if coloring/painting paper bags)

Print out body patterns and cut it out from construction paper

For the body of the raven- use a paper bag.  (Optional: can color or paint paper bag black.)

Cut the wing, beak, legs from yellow construction paper

Glue the eyes and beak to the bottom of the bag

Glue or tape the wings on to the sides of the bag and legs to top the bag

Use puppets to act out the ravens bringing food to Elijah.

Activities2: 
Lesson Review: 
  1. Why was God angry with King Ahab?
  2. What warning was given to King Ahab?
  3. Where did Elijah hide?
  4. How did God take care of Elijah?
Life Response/My Decision: 

God will provide for our needs, even when it feels like, it might be impossible. God will find a way to provide for us.

Memory Verse: 

Matthew 6:26

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Closing Prayer: 

Father we thank you for everything you have given us, and for taking care of us. Help us to trust you even when things seem hard. 

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