Elijah – Marathon Man

"Be still and know that I am God"

“Be still and know that I am God”

We read  in James 5, that the prophet Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, yet his prayers were powerful and effective.  Let us take a closer look at this man who was mightily used by God…one of two people in the Bible who did not physically die!  We have already studied Elijah as he confronted the weak  idolatrous King Ahab, was miraculously fed by  ravens, and who fearlessly challenged the children of Israel and the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel.  He then announced to the king that rain was coming to the thirsty land .  This took faith and persistent prayer.  The hand of the LORD came upon Elijah and he “girded up his loins and ran ahead of Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel”…a distance of 13 miles!  Threatened by wicked Jezebel with death, Elijah fled for his life to Beersheba. (80 miles south)  Then he went a days journey into the wilderness, came and sat down under a broom tree and prayed to die! How depressed he must have been…after doing great things for the LORD, the revival he was expecting did not flourish and Jezebel was hounding him. But God “knows our frame ” (Psalm 103:14) and tenderly sent an angel to feed him… twice…and he went in the strength of that food for 40 days (40 is the number of testing in the Bible), traveling to Mt. Horeb.  He went into “the” cave and spent the night…rehearsing all his grievances to himself.   He then encountered God in an amazing way and was given a new mission, and the encouraging news that there were 7,000 faithful followers of the LORD…he was not the only one! Elijah had to learn what we all have to learn….to “Be still, and know that I am God”….circumstances may seem crazy and “out of control” but the LORD reigns…we do not need to fear…the LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.(Psalm 46)

You probably have some tissue flames left from the last lesson which you can use for fire here.  To make the foliage for  the broom tree , I used a tiny pinecone dipped in home-made ink (tacky glue and foodcolor…mix all 4 colors until you get a nice olive-green shade) or use an inkpad.  If no tiny pinecones are available, look for something that will print an interesting impression. The story starts in 1 Kings 18:41-19:18.  Optional: cut out food -“cake ” (bread?) and a flask of water  out of construction paper , to set by the sleeping Elijah…  scrunch up some red tissue paper into tiny balls to make coals and place them in a ring of rocks.Thread your “cake” on a toothpick colored brown. You may also decide to sketch them onto your work sheet instead.

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The Parable of the Rich Fool

“Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of things he possesses…” Luke 12:15

Parable of the Rich Fool

Parable of the Rich Fool

The man in this parable had been blessed with a bountiful harvest…after planting the  seed , the LORD blessed the ground with sunshine and rain and a bumper crop was the result.  Notice he does not ask God what he should do with “his” surplus, but decides to put a lot of extra work into tearing down  his old barns and building greater ones making the erroneous assumption that he would be around a long time to enjoy his surplus.  The LORD called him a fool because that very night his soul was being “recalled”, and he was entering eternity a pauper ! How can we teach kids to be “rich toward God”?  First we must be good examples of having embraced contentment. ( 1 Timothy 6:6-8)  “…but godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.  And having food and clothing (covering), with these we shall be content…”and later on in the chapter Paul gives Timothy instructions to the wealthy…to be rich in good works and willing to share , “storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come…”

The Parable of the Rich Fool

Half of the worksheet is a coloring page.  The other side can be used for a collage utilizing pictures from magazines to  show what we can be  greedy for:  sports equipment, electronic gadgets, luxury items, toys, collectables…anything that is hoarded and is in excess of what we need to be content. The figure and verse  then can be cut out and glued on top of the collage  Another option is to use the space for drawing your own illustrations.

“…His leaf shall not wither…”

leaf pattern for Psalm 1:3

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.  He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.”

This is a lesson plan for older girls  or other young women  you may be mentoring.  Psalm 1 is a great scripture for teaching the importance of learning and meditating on the Word of  God and not giving in to peer pressure or cultural traditions that do not honor the LORD Jesus Christ. While you are quilting you can be giving the lesson ! The Hebrew for “blessed” is ‘esher…meaning much happiness, fulfillment and contentment. Notice there is a requirement for these blessings. Your girls will not find godly counsel from their unsaved peers, secular movies, T.V., music, magazines or other worldly influences.  These influences can also seep into the “church” as they had in King David’s day. For example,  he and the spiritual leadership thought the ark of the LORD could be transported by a new cart ! They were very mistaken. ( read about it in 2 Samuel 6) David had zeal and passion for the LORD, but  sometimes not according to knowledge.  There are certain places God’s kids should not “hang out”.  Talk about these places with your ladies. David fled to the land of the Philistines to hide from Saul instead of trusting the LORD to keep him safe in Israel.   Teach them that criticizing and mocking Christian leaders and ministries is Satan’s best work.  When we delight in God’s Word  we will use our tongues to bless and pray for others  and stick up for them when others mock the  “blood-bought” bride of Christ. Look what happened to Michal  when she criticized  David’s dancing before the ark ! (2 Sam. 6:20-23) Now balance out the lesson with what God has promised to those who love and delight in reading, studying, meditating and putting into practice what they read in the Bible.

smaller leaf pattern

Find a leaf that you like, or use the one provided.  Determine the size of your project and copy.  To transfer your design onto light-colored fabric (I used an old handkerchief), trace design with a pencil, then place face down on fabric and go over traced design again with a pencil  on a hard surface.  You should get a faint image. You will need some sort of fluffy filler (batting, gauze pad),  a piece of material for a backing, a needle for each girl and quilting thread .  If you have a hoop that is great but can work without one.  Pin all three layers together. With tiny stitches, follow the lines you have made . I made tiny dots on my pattern as a guide.  You can leave your project “as is” or color your leaf in with a marker. To finish it off  with a border  bring your backing material forward , pin the edges under and stitch as shown in sample.  To make it into a pillow, you will need another piece of material a little larger than you have been working with.  Fold any raw edges under and stitch all sides.  You might need a thimble to get through all your layers depending on your material.  Be sure and stuff it before stitching up your last side.