Bible Stories for Adults

Elijah and the Baal Prophets

1 Kings 18-19

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Opening Prayer

Last Week - God Feeds Elijah (1 Kings 15-17)
    What great sin did Jeroboam begin and all other northern kings follow?
      1 Kings 12:26-33
    How did God punish Jeroboam for this evil?
      1 Kings 14:8-11
    How would God punish the people of Israel for their part in this great sin?
      1 Kings 14:15-16

    Who was the most evil king of Israel?
      1 Kings 16:30
    How evil was he?
      1 Kings 16:31-33

    What were Baal and Asherah?
      Every pagan locality had its own Baal (lord)
        Shrines to Baals were built on high places in the area
      Baal of Sidon (Phoenicia) was brought to Israel by Jezebel
        Controlled rainfall & fire - Critical to agricultural society
        Was happy & gave rain when he mated with his wife Asherah
      Temple sex induced Baal & Asherah to mate so it would rain
        Sacrifices included children under extraordinary conditions
        Priests would dance around altar & slash selves with knives

    What did Elijah's name mean and why was it significant?
      1 Kings 18:39
    How would God use Elijah to prove He is God of the rain & all creation?
      1 Kings 17:1

    What miracles did God produce through Elijah in our lesson last week?
      1 Kings 17:5-6
      1 Kings 17:15-16
      1 Kings 17:21-22
    What was the reason that God produced these miracles?
      1 Kings 17:24

Elijah Meets Faithful Obadiah (1 Kings 18:1-18)
    What prompted Elijah to return to Ahab and stop the drought?
      1 Kings 18:1
    Who was Obadiah and what had he done out of faithfulness?
      1 Kings 18:2-4
    What task was Obadiah given that took him outside the palace?
      1 Kings 18:5-6

    Who did Obadiah run into during his search for grazing land?
      1 Kings 18:7-8
    Why didn't Obadiah want to tell Ahab that he found Elijah?
      1 Kings 18:9, 11-12
    What reason did Obadiah give to convince Elijah not to make him tell Ahab?
      1 Kings 18:13-14
    How anxiously had Ahab wanted to find Elijah to end the drought?
      1 Kings 18:10

    How did Elijah respond to Obadiah's concern and did Obadiah trust him?
      1 Kings 18:15-16
    How was Elijah greeted and how did he use this to explain the real problem?
      1 Kings 18:17-18

The Question (1 Kings 18:19-21)
    What did Elijah want Ahab to do before he would end the drought?
      1 Kings 18:19-20
    What question did Elijah present to the people before ending the drought?
      1 Kings 18:21
    What point was Elijah making that Jesus later repeated?
      Matthew 6:24
    Was this concept of serving only one god new to the Israelites?
      Joshua 24:14-15

The Challenge (1 Kings 18:22-29)
    What challenge did Elijah propose to help the people decide which was the real God?
      1 Kings 18:22-24
    How successful were the many Baal prophets?
      1 Kings 18:25-26
    How did Elijah emphasize Baal's impotence to the people?
      1 Kings 18:27
    Did they follow Elijah's advice and did Baal finally respond?
      1 Kings 18:28-29

The Lord is God! (1 Kings 18:30-40)
    What was significant about the altar that Elijah built?
      1 Kings 18:30-32
    How did Elijah show the people that only God could light the sacrifice?
      1 Kings 18:33-35

    How much yelling, dancing & beating did Elijah need to get God's attention?
      1 Kings 18:36-38
    What decision did the people make after watching the day's contest?
      1 Kings 18:39-40

The Drought Ends (1 Kings 18:41-46)
    How did Ahab and Elijah respond to the events after a day without eating?
      1 Kings 18:41-43
    How did God answer Elijah's prayers?
      1 Kings 18:44-45
    Who was waiting for Ahab when his chariot reached Jezreel?
      1 Kings 18:46

Elijah's Reward for Ending the Drought (1 Kings 19:1-4)
    How did Jezebel respond to Ahab's news of Elijah returning Israel to God?
      1 Kings 19:1-2
    Did Elijah stand up in faith to Jezebel?
      1 Kings 19:3-4

God Sustains Elijah (1 Kings 19:5-10)
    How did God respond to Elijah's request?
      1 Kings 19:5-7
    Where did Elijah go & how long did it take him to get there?
      1 Kings 19:8
    What reason did Elijah give God for coming to see Him?
      1 Kings 19:9-10

God Appears to Elijah on Mount Sinai (1 Kings 19)
    How did God reveal Himself to Elijah and why?
      1 Kings 19:11-12
    How did Elijah respond to the presence of God?
      1 Kings 19:13

    What instructions did God give Elijah?
      1 Kings 19:15-16
    What purpose did God have for these new servants?
      1 Kings 19:17

    Did God agree with Elijah that he was the only faithful left in Israel?
      1 Kings 19:18

Closing Prayer

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