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.