GOD PROVIDES FOR ELIJAH
Foundational Truth : God is in charge of everything
Lesson Focus : God is in control and through good and bad can show His greatness.
This term at Church, Sunday School is learning about God’s people the Israelites in the Old Testament. The Old Testament tells us about God and His people before Jesus came to save sinners. God’s people in the Old Testament were waiting for Jesus to come and save sinners. Last week we learnt about God dividing His kingdom because the Israelites disobeyed God. On the count of three, say, “Israelites!” 1-2-3 Israelites! Today we are going to learn about God’s prophet Elijah. On the count of three, say, “Elijah!” 1-2-3 Elijah! A prophet is a messenger of God, someone who speaks for God. God told Elijah to tell the Israelites that there would be a great drought that would last for years – the people wouldn’t have enough food and water to eat and drink. But God provided for Elijah.
(Hold up your bible) The bible is God’s true Word. The bible is from God and about God. Let’s read about how God provided for Elijah.
READ : 1 Kings 17:2-4
“The word of the Lord came to Elijah: ‘leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there”.
God told Elijah that he would send birds to feed him during the coming drought. Can you imagine that? Birds bringing you food! Flap your arms like wings. God is in charge of everything – even the birds and the weather. God is in charge of everything – so God can tell the ravens to feed Elijah and the sky not to rain and they obey Him! How do you think Elijah felt when God told him there was a great drought coming? Do you think Elijah felt scared and worried? When things like droughts and floods and fires and even sickness like Coronavirus happen, we feel scared and worried, just like Elijah. Things are hard, sad and scary right now. When we feel worried, we can remember that God wants to talk with us and pray to Him about our troubles. God provided for Elijah even when things were bad because God is good, and He is in charge of everything! Let’s remember Elijah whenever we feel worried and say, ‘it’s ok - because God is in charge of everything and He is good”.
On the count of three whisper “God is in charge of everything”: 1-2-3 God is in charge of everything!
Now, on the count of three say in a normal voice “God is in charge of everything”: God is in charge of everything!
Now, on the count of three shout “God is in charge of everything”: God is in charge of everything!
REVIEW QUESTIONS - Great for 3-5yrs - for littles you can go through the questions and help them to say the answers with you
This is where we are in God’s Big Story timeline. (You and your children point to the God’s people wait section) SEE HERE
Who were God’s people? (the Israelites)
Who was God’s prophet? (Elijah)
What did God tell Elijah? (a drought was coming; He would send ravens/bird to feed him)
What did God use to feed Elijah? (ravens/birds)
How did Elijah feel? (worried, scared etc)
What can we do when we feel worried? (talk to God; remember Elijah etc)
Is God good? (Yes!)
Who’s in charge of everything? (God!)
Is God in charge even when things are bad? (Yes!)
Go through the Gospel Finger play SEE HERE
REPEATED PRAYER - help you children repeat this pray in small chunks after you if they would like to. Otherwise you can just lead your children through this prayer as a family.
Dear God – we praise you – because you – are in charge – of everything! – Thank you God – for hearing – our prayers – when we – are worried. – Help us – to remember – Elijah and the birds – when we – are worried. - In Jesus name - Amen. .
1. Get your Sunday School craft pack. Find the craft stencil and envelop labelled LESSON 3.
2. Glue blue crepe paper on the water. Glue green crepe paper on the grass. Decorate the stencil with bird stickers.
3. Glue your craft into your creche book.
1. Spend some time outside bird watching.
2. Try and get close to some birds, feed them if they will let you.
3. Talk with your children about how amazing it is that God used birds to feed Elijah.
4. Talk about how God made everything – including these birds.
5. Talk with your children about how tricky it is to get near to birds.
6. Talk about how it’s only because of God that the birds fed Elijah.
7. Talk about how good God is to provide for His people.