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Lesson Prep

Background Scripture (read 2-3 times during the week)

1 Kings 19-22, 2 Kings 1-2

Story Summary

Elijah had a full life of ministry. He was God's chosen prophet who brought God's word the evil kings of the Northern Kingdom. 

Right after the altar contest on Mount Carmel with the prophets of Baal, Elijah had to flee. You see, Ahab's wife Jezebel was a very evil woman. She was none too happy to find out about what Elijah did to the prophets of the false gods of Baal and so she sent a messenger to Elijah to tell him that she was going to kill him. So Elijah fled to a place called Horeb. On the way, Elijah became very discouraged and he thought that would be the end of his life. But God sent an angel to feed Elijah and give him the strength to get to Horeb (it took him 40 days to walk there). 

God Speaks to Elijah in the Gentle Whisper

This is the context of the story today. This story is pretty straightforward, and you can read it in 1 Kings 19:10-21. God spoke to Elijah and told him to choose Elisha (most confusing transition in Bible history) to replace him after he died. This story has such great detail (the wind, fire, and earthquake did not contain the word of the Lord, but only in the still small voice). It is a great reminder to us that as we learn about all these amazing stories in the Old Testament, knowing the One who performs the miracles is more important than knowing about the miracles!

Elijah is Taken Up to Heaven

The second part of our story can be read in 2 Kings 2:1-18. This is the story of Elijah being taken up to heaven with horses and chariots of fire. Elijah was one of two people in the Bible who did not die. See the story of Enoch in Genesis 5:23-24 for the other one. 

For some inspiration as you are studying this lesson, listen to the Rich Mullins song called "Elijah".

What You Will Need

Resource Sheet

Elijah & Elisha Coloring Sheet

This coloring sheet depicts the angel of the Lord feeding Elijah on his way to Mount Horeb. This is significant, because if God did not provide food for Elijah, he would have died before reaching Horeb and before he heard from God.

Lesson

1. Warm Up

get your kids talking and engaged

As you start the lesson, start speaking to the children using a soft whisper. This is actually a great way to get children to be quiet, but has special meaning for this lesson. Tell them (in a whisper) that we are going to learn about a time when God spoke to Elijah in a whisper.

2. Teach the Story

teach a holistic story

Read story from a Children's storybook Bible for younger children.

For older children, read story from an age-appropriate Children's storybook Bible or tell the story yourself.

3. Bible Mastery

give them basic Bible skills

Scripture for Kids to Read Aloud: 1 Kings 19:10-18, 2 Kings 2:1-18

4. Comprehension Questions

make sure they understand the story

First, ask the children if they have any questions about the story. What to do if you don't know the answer?

  • Who was Elijah running away from? (Jezebel, because she was mad at him for defeating the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel)
  • Where did he run to? (Mount Horeb, about 40 days away)
  • How did God feed Elijah on the way to Mount Horeb? (an angel brought him water and a hot cake)
  • What came to Elijah on the mountain before God came? (a powerful wind, earthquake and fire)
  • How did God come to Elijah? (with a soft whisper)
  • What did God tell Elijah? (To anoint two new kings over Israel and Aram, and to appoint Elisha as a prophet to replace him)
  • What happened when Elijah hit the Jordan River with his coat? (it parted and they were able to cross on dry land)
  • Did Elijah die? (no)
  • How did Elijah get to heaven? (God sent horses, chariots, fire and a whirlwind)
  • What did Elisha ask of Elijah before he went up to heaven? (to give him a double portion of his spirit, to do the same work Elijah did as a prophet)
  • How did Elijah respond to Elisha? (he told him that only the Lord could give him that)
  • What did Elijah leave for Elisha? (his coat)
  • What happened when Elisha hit the Jordan River with Elijah's coat? (it split in two - this was God's confirmation that Elisha should carry on Elijah's work and that his Spirit would be with Elisha)

5. Faith Questions

help them apply the story to their lives and open up a conversation about faith and the gospel; close with prayer
  • Elijah was taken to heaven by God with a chariot of fire.
  • Do you know how to go to heaven?

6. Memory Verse

hide God's Word in their heart
Pray then like this: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." Matthew 6:9-10

Reinforcement Activities

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

Scripture They kept walking along and talking together. Suddenly a chariot and horses appeared. Fire was all around them. The chariot and horses came between the two men. Then Elijah went up to heaven in a strong wind. 2 Kings 2:11

  • Teach song to the students.

Balloon chariot

Scripture As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. 2 Kings 2:11

Supplies helium balloon, card stock, markers

  • Make a chariot using a balloon.
  • Tape 4 wheels onto the balloon
  • Draw a picture of Elijah. (A stick figure is fine)
  • Tape Elijah onto balloon.
  • Go outside and release balloon.
  • Watch Elijah go up into the clouds.
  • Attach a tag with the Bible reference, in case balloon is found later by someone else.

Homemade Seismograph

Scripture The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by...1 Kings 19:11-13

  • Follow directions to make a seismograph.

Listen Closely

Scripture The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by...1 Kings 19:11-13

Supplies different items that make a familiar sound when dropped

  • Gather different items that have a familiar sound when dropped on a table.
  • Place items in a brown bag, so students can not see them.
  • Have students place their chairs with the back up against the table, so they are facing the opposite direction.
  • Drop the items, one at a time on the table and have the students guess what thee item in, by listening.
  • fork
  • crayon
  • matchbox car
  • Lego piece
  • scissors

Homemade Pinwheel

Scripture The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by...1 Kings 19:11-13

  • Follow directions to make a homemade pin wheel

Make Elijah's Cloak

Scripture Kings 19:19, 2 Kings 2:8, He picked up the coat that had fallen from Elijah. He went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan River. Then he struck the water with Elijah’s coat. “Where is the power of the Lord?” he asked. “Where is the power of the God of Elijah?” When Elisha struck the water, it parted to the right and to the left. He went across the river. 2 Kings 2:13-14

Supplies Large pieces of cloth, per student

  • Make a cloak for each student.
  • Allow them to decorate cloak with fabric markers.
  • Older girls can sew around the edge of the cloak.
  • If they do not finish during class time, they can take it home and complete or work on it during the next Elisha lesson ( lesson 40).

Hide and Seek

Scripture Elijah was afraid and ran for his life...1 Kings 19:3

  • Elijah was running from Jezebel after the Baal prophets were struck dead.
  • Play Hide and Seek.