Free Bible Story: Elijah and Jezebel

Leader Commentary to help you tell your Bible Story

One of the things I have learned from blogging for quite a while now is that most people that read my blog are from smaller churches, and many are volunteers. The information I found through the helped to change my perspective on how I blog, what I blog and reinforced why I blog. I’m starting new on my blog where I make available the leader commentary that I am starting to give my team to provide them with the historical/theological framework for the Bible story they are telling as well as key ideas and application points. I hope that you find them useful. The first one is Elijah and Jezebel.

Elijah and Jezebel.

Background

Elijah has just experienced one the greatest moments of his ministry. One of the most dramatic signs of God’s blessing on a leader. In this chapter, we see the humanness of Elijah he is not painted as a superhuman conquer of Baal. He is scared, he was hungry, he felt all alone, and he felt sorry for himself.

After such a dramatic victory at Mount Carmel Jezebel sends Elijah a letter warning him and threatening him. Why not send soldiers to kill him? Why use psychological tactics? Warren Wiersbe says this:

“Elijah was now a very popular man. Like Moses, he had brought fire from heaven, and like Moses, he had slain the idolaters (Lev. 9:24; Num. 25). If Jezebel transformed the prophet into a martyr, he might influence people more by his death than by his life. No, the people were waiting for Elijah to tell them what to do, so why not remove him from the scene of his victory? If Elijah disappeared, the people would wonder what had happened, and they would be prone to drift back into worshiping Baal and letting Ahab and Jezebel have their way. Furthermore, whether from Baal or Jehovah, the rains had returned, and there was work to do!”

Wiersbe, W. W. (2002). Be responsible (p. 143). Colorado Springs, CO: Victor.

The letter had its intended effect. Elijah started running for his life. He didn’t ask God what’s next. He failed to see the protection and provision of an all-powerful God who had just demonstrated to Elijah and all of Israel how powerful he was and how weak Baal was. Elijah retreated to the desert tired, hungry and alone. He finally cried out to God that God would take his life. God sent an angel to him there under the broom tree. Elijah slept and ate food the angle of the Lord prepared for him.

God drew him to Mt Horeb (Mt.Sinai) it was on Mount Sinai that God asked Elijah a question. Elijah responded in a very self-focused way. He said they (Israel) had done very bad things I have done many good things. Jezebel wants to kill me, and I am the only person left who loves God. In response to Elijah’s answer, God sent an earthquake, a windstorm and a fire followed by a still small voice. God gave Elijah directions, encouragement, and grace. He gave him his

next assignment then told him he wasn’t alone there were more 7,000 people in Israel who still called on the name of the True God.

Ideas to convey –

God takes care of us. – God is gracious. He takes care of us. He watches over us. God didn’t just protect Elijah from the evil queen who wanted to kill him. God provided food for Elijah, so he could rest and be strengthened. We serve a God who wants us to love and serve him but who also cares deeply about the things most gods wouldn’t he cares about the small things that matter to us. In caring about the small things and taking care of the small things in our lives, it gives us the confidence to trust him with the big things in our lives.

Our God is powerful and personal. – In this story we see a God who both powerful and personal. We saw last week how he sent fire to consume Elijah’s offering and prove to all of Israel He is the one true God. He then sent an angel to provide food for Elijah. We see God as powerful and personal. We see through the wind, fire, and earthquake that God has power over nature. We then see how in the still small voice how our God is at the same time intensely personal.

When we deserve judgment, he gives us grace. – We see throughout this story how even when Elijah was upset and felt like giving up God never gave up on Elijah. Despite everything, God couldn’t stop loving Elijah.

Application –

Elijah saw a big God. He saw God do powerful things, but he still had enemies. He still got afraid, and he ran. What is amazing is that when he ran God was always with him. God showed him how he was powerful and personal. How he does big amazing things like burning up all of Elijah’s offering with fire and then very personal by sending an Angel to provide food to bring strength to Elijah. We serve a God who can do anything he used prophets in the Old Testament to show people what he was like they were not perfect, Elijah got upset and felt scared. But God perfectly reveled to us what God is like by sending us Jesus. Jesus showed us God’s power and lived as a person. We are comforted knowing that even when we feel scared or lonely Jesus not only understands but gave his life so we can have confidence that same confidence that Elijah needed. We aren’t alone there are many others that trust in the name of Jesus, and we have God who came and lived and died for us so we have hope. Jesus shows us even in the small things that we think don’t matter to him that he is our protector, provider and savior. He loves you because He loves you.

Free Bible Lesson Daniel: Book of Faith

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DANIEL

– Book of Faith
Key Point – Believe God even when you are scared
Memory Verse – Heb 2:13 “I will trust God”

Skit – Boy afraid of the dark – how God is our light and salvation who shall I fear. – The Bible tells us that God is our light and our salvation who should we be afraid of. – A boy is sitting in his room his parents tuck him into bed his parents pray with him then leave, the boy is fine for a few minutes then he begins to think out loud that someone is coming to get him. The boy starts screaming for his parents, they come rushing in and calm him down to find out that nothing is the matter. The parents leave and the same thing happens, the parents come back, calm the boy down, pray leave, and so on this happens all over again finally the parents come back and explain that the Bible tells us that God is our light and our salvation who should we be afraid of. The Bible also tells us that greater is he that is in us than he that is in the world. The parents have the boy repeat these Bible verses including Psalm 23 “I will fear no evil because you are with me.” The skit ends by the boy looking to heaven and saying to God, “I Believe in You even when I am scared.”

Skit – Weird fears – talk show with people afraid of weird things. Have a crazy guy dressed up like a talk show host come out and announce to everyone that the topic of today’s talk show is weird fears. Have guests come out and be seated, one be afraid of her own skin, One person be afraid of pocket lint, another person be afraid of the letter P. Have the host interview each one, asking how they came to the place where they are afraid of these crazy things. The guests come up with weird reasons why they are afraid of the things they are afraid of. The guest say that they have tried everything to overcome their fears but nothing has ever worked. The Host asks if they have ever tried God. This upsets all the guests the one who is afraid of her own skin has her glove fall off and she starts yelling, putts her hand in her pocket so she doesn’t see skin and pulls out some pocket lint, which sends the other guest into orbit, they all freak out and leave the host wraps up by saying What we take from all of this is that we need to “believe God even when you are scared.”

Object Lesson – Find money in something gross. What do you think is in the fish? Tell them there is money in the fish. You don’t want to do it because it is scary? Most of you would not want to reach into the fish if I just told you that there money in there. I wouldn’t even want to. We need to always obey God even when we are scared.
Matthew 17:24-27 Peter was not fearful of putting his hand in a fishes mouth and because he trusted Jesus and was not afraid. When we put our trust in Jesus we don’t ever need to be afraid.

Object Lesson – Perfect love casts out all fear – Have someone fishing – The MC will walk up to this person fishing and ask him what he is doing. The fisherman explains that he was reading in the Bible how it tells us to cast our cares/our fears on him because he cares for us. The fisherman casts behind the puppet-pulls out a piece of paper with the word fear on it. The MC explains that the fisherman sort of has the right idea, the Bible tells us that perfect love casts out all fear, that perfect love comes for God. We need to trust God not just a fishing pole to take our fears away. We need to believe God even when we are scared.

Puppet – scared of my shadow – How can God help me when I am afraid of so many things, I can’t see God but I can see my shadow? The MC explains that when we trust God and not ourselves fear goes away. Even though we can’t see God it says in the Bible that He brings a peace that you can’t understand, He is the Prince of Peace. When you are going through a scary time and should be afraid normally but aren’t that is God in the middle of your situation. We can’t see God but we can feel him. God is more real than any shadow. You need to believe God even when you are scared, because God is bigger than the boogieman.

Small Group Questions –

Have you ever been afraid of anything?
What did you do when you were afraid?
Who can you tell when you are afraid?
What should we do when we are afraid?
Does God know when you are afraid?
Does he care that you are scared?
Was Jesus ever afraid?
What did Jesus do when he was afraid?
If God loves me why do I feel afraid sometimes?
How can I help others not feel afraid?
What can I do this week to overcome my fears?

Free Bible Lesson Song of Solomon: The Book of God’s Love

 

Here’s what you have all been waiting for how to teach kid out the book of Song of Solomon.

Song of Solomon – Book of God’s Love

Key Point – God loves you very much!

Memory Verse – Romans 5:8 “…God showed how much he loved us by having Jesus die for us, even when we were sinful.”

Skit – I am going to make God love me – A group of kids come out and explain that they learned in church that Jesus loves them all, but they begin talking about things that they do to make Jesus love them more one kid get upset starts crying. Because he has never done any of those things, and feels that God doesn’t love him as much as the other kids. His father comes over and listens to his son explain he then explains that there is nothing we can do to make Jesus love us more. Jesus loved us so much that he died on the cross for us when were still sinners. The boy looks exited and says really. The father says yes really. God loves you very much! Just the way you are.

Skit – Kids make fun of a boy and explain that no one can love you because you are different why do you look they way you look? The boy starts to cry after his friends leave  – His mother comes out and asks the boy what is wrong and the boy says how the other kids were making fun of him because he is different from the rest of the kids. The kid says I think they are right how could anyone love someone like me? The mother gives her son  a hung an tells her son that she loves his son no matter what. That there is nothing that can make him stop loving him. No matter how much he loves his son God loves him even more.

Object Lesson – You can’t measure God’s love for us. – Picture of sky, ocean, etc…. How many of you have ever gone to the beach? How many have stood on the beach and looked out as far as you eye could see and saw an end to the large ocean. No one can the ocean is so large you can look and look and never see the end. Much like God’s love for us we see his love shown to us when he came to earth and died for our sins.

Object Lesson – Dipstick from a car –– How many of you kids know what this is in my hand? (hold up the dipstick wait for a response) It is a dipstick it is used to measure how much oil you have in your car. It is that oil that keeps the car running just like God’s love keeps us running. The difference is that God’s love is so great so vast and unending that you can not measure it even with the worlds largest dipstick. God loves you very much.

Puppet – A boy puppet learns that Jesus loves us with his whole heart – we need to love him with our whole heart not just part of it but all of it. (use heart puppet). It says in the Bible that we love Him because he first loved us. Sometimes we give part of our heart to things that do not matter when we should be giving it all to God.

Bible Story

God showed us how much he loves us by sending us his son Jesus. Who came to earth as a baby, grew as a sinless man, died on the cross for your sins and mine, and rose again to give us hope and a future.

That is how much Jesus loves us He rescued us.

I want to start off with a question: What have we learned about God this year?

Take several answers from the kids.

Yeah, that’s right! We’ve learned that God is the creator of the world. We’ve learned that we can trust Him no matter what. We’ve learned that he’s our loving Father. We’ve also learned that He loves to come to the rescue.

Think back to Adam and Eve… they messed up big time when they rejected God’s perfect plan for their lives. They forgot how much God loved them. They both ate that fruit and everything changed. God could have forgotten all about them, but he didn’t. He came to them and made a way for them to be OK. He’s the great rescuer.

Or how about Moses and the Israelites in Egypt. God didn’t leave them in slavery. He made a plan to get them out of Egypt and into the promised land! He’s the great rescuer.

Even when David was running away from King Saul. God didn’t leave David alone to fend for himself, He loved him him with an unbreakable love. He came to the rescue and made a way for David to become King of Israel. He’s the great rescuer.

It doesn’t stop there you know. God still comes to the rescue today. If you remember back to that Adam and Eve story, when they messed up they REALLY messed up. Because of the choice they made, we’re lost. We can’t be with God. In order to be with God, we need something—no, Someone—to rescue us.

Way back during the Old Testament times, God sent a messenger to his people. The messengers’ name was Isaiah. He told them some GREAT news:

Read this from Isaiah: 9:2,6-7

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned… For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. Ad he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Who do you think Isaiah was talking about? That’s right, Jesus! Without God we are lost in darkness. We can’t see where we’re going.

Walking around in the dark is scary. You can’t see where you’re going, You don’t know if you’ll bump into anything, stub your toe, or bonk your head. You never know if someone is waiting around a corner to jump towards you and freak. You. Out!

Living without God is sort of same thing. It’s scary and rather dangerous. We need Jesus to shine his light and find us. That’s what he did He shined his light on all of us because of his great love for us.

God did all of this because he loves you very much. That’s our bottom line for today: God loves you very much!

SMALL GROUP

Activity – 

Because God first loved us we can love others. Draw a picture of the person you love and explain why?

Questions –

  1. Does Jesus Love people?
  2. Do you know that God loves you?
  3. What did Jesus do to show His love for us?
  4. Who do you Love?
  5. Have you ever felt someone love you?
  6. How do you know that they love you?
  7. How do you let someone know that you love them?
  8. What does the Bible say about loving others?
  9. When you know someone loves you how does that make you feel?

Free Bible Lesson: 1 & 2 Chronicles

1 & 2 Chronicles

– Book of Israel’s History

Key Point –Difference between good and bad kings
Memory Verse – Acts 13:22 “…God said about David ‘David the son of Jesse is the kind of person that pleases me most! He does everything I want him to.’”

Skit – Have people come out and act like a king – kids guess which is good or bad – Have people come out with crowns on their head doing something either good or bad, the bad king could say something like lets all bow down to the giant chocolate bunny, the good king will say why don’t we worship Jesus. The bad king does obvious bad things the good kind does obvious good things.

Skit – Who you listen to – makes you a good or bad king. – Interview each one and find out the differences between good and bad kings – Have one person be the host of a “talk show format type thing”. His two guests are a good king and a bad king. Have the interviewing host asking questions finding the difference from good and bad kings. (questions could include things like: Who do you talk to most, who do you listen to most, what do you do for fun)

Object Lesson – Soap & pepper – as soon as the soap hits the water the pepper scatters – you will need a glass pan fill it with water place it on the overhead projector, pour pepper over all the water it should cloud up and appear much darker than before the pepper was placed on the water explain how when we sin it clouds our heart and when Jesus comes in he brings life and Joy that push away darkness. To push away the pepper as you are explaining what Jesus does when he comes into your life drop a few drops of dish soap all the pepper should automatically go to the edges.

Object Lesson – Light overcomes the darkness. – turn down the lights and ask the kids if they think that darkness is stronger or if light is stronger? (let them answer) Tell them that light always overcomes darkness. The Bible tells us that greater is He that is in us than he who is in the world.

Puppet – Puppet comes up with a crown on it’s head the MC greets the puppet and the MC asks the puppet if he is a good king or a bad king the puppet asks what’s the difference. The MC explains the difference between a good and bad kind is how much you love Jesus. Good kings love Jesus a lot bad kinds don’t love Jesus at all.

Bible Story

1 Chron. 15 – David bringing back the ark. – Was a man after God’s own heart.
2 Chron. 28 – Ahaz – Evil king set up places to worship other gods

1. Good kings – Obey quickly/ Evil kings – do whatever they want to do. – If you want to be a man or woman after God’s heart you have to be a person who obeys quickly. Someone who finds out what God wants you to do and do it quickly.
2. Good kings – know how to say they are sorry/ Evil kings – never admit they are wrong. – Was David perfect? No he made plenty of mistakes what made him different from evil kings like Ahaz is David knew how to ask forgiveness when he made a mistake, he knew he needed God’s forgiveness of his sin.
3. Good kings – Trust God/ Evil kings – Trust themselves. – To be a man or woman after God’s heart you have to trust God not yourself.

Small Group

Activity –
Bring some things that taste good (Sugar, Sweet Chocolate) and some things that taste bad (Salt, Bitter Baking Chocolate). Have four kids come forward and give them each one thing to taste. Two will get what is good two will get what is bad explain to the kids after they have tasted their items that you can’t always judge what someone is like from the out side (because salt and sugar look alike, sweet chocolate and bitter baking chocolate look alike). You tell weather someone is good or bad by seeing how they live their life.

Questions
Do you know someone who is a bad person?
What are they like?
Do you like being around them?
Do you know someone who is a good person?
What are they like?
Do you like being around people that are good?
Was Jesus good or bad?
Why?
Are we suppose to be like Jesus?
10.What is one thing you can do this week that is good not bad?

Free Bible Lesson: 1 & 2 Kings

1 & 2 Kings

– Book of sowing and reaping

Key Point –What you do to others will be done to you.
Memory Verse – Job 4:8 “…only those who plant seeds of seeds of evil harvest trouble.”

Skit – 2 people sows seeds one sows a bad seed gets bad tasting fruit the other sows good fruit and gets good tasting fruit – One person comes out pretending to toss seeds around saying things like “I am going to do what I want”, “I am going to watch that TV show my parents don’t want me to” ect… He is planting bad seeds. Another planter comes out pretending to toss seeds he is saying things like “I am going to read my bible”, “I am going to listen to my parents” ect…He is planting good seeds. The bad seed guy makes fun of the good seed guy saying that his fruit is going to taste bad. They each take an apple and the guy who planted the good seed takes a bite of his perfect apple, while the bad seed guy takes a bite of his apple and it is rotten and brown he is grossed out and shows the kids his bad apple and doesn’t know why it turned out so bad. (The bad apple is made by punching a bunch of holes in the back of the apple then letting it sit out all night or put it under a hairdryer so that the air will turn the inside brown.) The MC will take both apples and show the kids the difference between planting good and bad seeds in your life.

Skit – Two people come out to plant a garden. – While the MC is talking two people come out confused about where they are supposed to plant the garden. They heard the MC talking about sowing seeds and they are ready to plant a garden. The MC explains that he was talking about how in the Bible it talks about sowing seeds meaning your actions. What you do and say are seeds. You can say nice things encouraging things like you are so talented God is going to really use you. Or you can plant bad seeds meaning you can say things like “you are never going to be or do anything good.” The gardeners are a bit confused at first then they understand that we are not planning a garden in the ground but in our hearts and what we say and do determines whether we will have fruit or weeds in our life.

Object Lesson
– Punching bag – Hit it and it comes back to hit you. – Everything we say are do has a consequence. If I say that I am no good that others are no good I am planting seeds that will affect me and others around me. It is like this punching bag I can hit it and think that me hitting the punching bag will make me feel better but it won’t. The bag actually comes back after you hit it and hits you. It’s like that principle in the Bible what you sow you will reap. I would be crazy if I thought that I would get an apple tree by planting a watermelon seed wouldn’t I. Yes! We need to make sure we are sowing the love of Jesus into all those around us.

Object Lesson – Bring in a dog or a picture of a dog and explain how if you treat the dog well it will be nice if you treat it bad it will be mean. – How we treat this puppy will determine what kind of a dog it will be. If we sow love into this puppy it will grow up to be a loving dog, but if we sow hate the puppy will grow up to be a mean dog. People are much the same way. We need to be always sowing love into peoples lives.

Puppet – Puppet comes up and explains how in a few weeks he is going to have more toys than anyone. MC asks how the puppet is going to get toys he listened in [your kids ministry]. MC explain you sow what you reap whatever you plant will grow. There is no such thing as toy seed so you are going to get something other than toys. Puppet comes back and is sad he planted a bunch of beans not toys.

Bible Story

Galatians 6:6-10
Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor.

7Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature[a]will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

1. You get what you plant
– Have a plant up with you and a seed explain that seeds can only become like the plant they were taken from.  You will never get an apple seed to produce watermelons ect….. If you want others to be kind to you be kind to others.

2. Plant eternal things – some people spend their lives doing things that make them happy and don’t care for others. They work for money to buy things. The apostle paul is saying that we need to sow not according to our own nature or own desires, all the things we want but we need to spend time sowing eternal seeds. What is an eternal seed? Focusing on building God’s kingdom, practicing righteousness, peace and joy and by showing others about God’s rescue plan for their life.

3. Don’t give up – Plants don’t grow overnight if you sit and stare at a plant you are going to get board, discouraged and give up. If you keep doing the right thing over and over you will see good results. It’s can be discouraging to keep watering a seed when you can’t even see that’s it there but if you keep watering it. You will see that one day it will pop out of the soil. 

Don’t give up doing what’s right show righteousness, peace and joy towards others and you will see that God will do great things in your life and in the lives of others. Because how you treat others in how you will be treated the seeds you plan will produce either good or bad fruit the choice is yours.

Small Group –

Activity – Have two kids get up and stand with their left foot on a marked spot on the floor. Have them grab each other’s left hand see, which kid, can pull the other off balance. Who ever kid that can maintain their balance will win. Explain to the kids that just like in the game we just played our actions affected other. In life our words affect one another. The things we do affect one another. What we sow we will reap.

Questions
Have you ever been mean to someone else?
Why were you mean?
Do you like it when others are mean to you?
Are more people nice to you when you are nice?
Why or why not?
Have you ever done something that you wished you  didn’t?
What does the Bible mean when it says what you sow you will reap?
If we love Jesus our whole life are we going to have a good life or a bad life?
Why or why not?