MEMORY VERSE: 1 Kings 17:4 "...thou shalt drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there."
BOOK TO REMEMBER: Song of Solomon. Write "Song Of Solomon" on small slips of paper and hand out at the end of class. Because this is a short lesson, there is time for reviewing all of the books of the Old Testament that the students are learning so far.
PRAYER: Thank God for giving us the food we need to live and pray for rain.
SPECIAL SONG: Elijah (see March - Songs We Sing In Bible Class #4 on this blog). Because this is a short lesson, review some of the songs that the class has learned in Bible class. Type in "SONG LIST" in the Search This Blog Box at the lower top right of this page for a list of songs that we have learned.
VISUAL AID: Whiteboard or Chalkboard Drawing of Elijah sitting by the Brook Cherith and ravens bringing him food.
- Have you ever had an animal bring you food to eat? Have you ever drunk water from a brook or a river? We are going to learn about a man who had those things happen to him and his name was Elijah. He was called Elijah, the Tishbite, and he was a prophet of God during Ahab's reign as King Of Israel. Elijah spoke God's words to Ahab. God told Elijah and Elijah told Ahab the words that God wanted him to say. That was a prophet's job. He was simply a spokesman or a messenger for God. Sometimes the people who heard God's words liked the message, but sometimes they did not.
- We remember that Ahab was King of Israel and was the most wicked king that Israel had ever seen. God had a message for Ahab and told Elijah to tell Ahab that there would not be any dew or rain for a certain amount of time, according to God's words. After Elijah gave Ahab the message about the drought (which means no water), God told Elijah to leave town and hide himself by the brook Cherith. By hiding from the king by a brook, Elijah would have water to drink during the drought and God told him He would send the ravens to feed him. Every morning and evening the ravens brought Elijah bread and meat and Elijah drank the water from the brook.
- All went well for Elijah until the brook dried up. Why do you think the brook dried up? Because there had been no rain. That's what God had said would happen, didn't He? What God says will happen, always happens. We will find out next time how the LORD will help Elijah stay alive.
ACTIVITY: Elijah and the Ravens
Materials needed: 9" x 12" yellow construction paper, 4" x 12" brown construction paper, 2" x 12" blue construction paper, 2" x 5" white construction paper, scraps of different colored paper, including black, glue, scissors, crayons, markers.
- Hand out yellow paper.
- Hand out brown paper.
- Tear one long edge of brown paper by just a bit.
- Glue brown paper at the bottom of the yellow paper.
- Hand out blue paper.
- Tear one long edge of blue paper by just a bit.
- Glue blue paper at the very bottom edge of the brown paper.
- Hand out white paper.
- Draw Elijah with a bald head, reaching up.
- Cut and color Elijah.
- Glue Elijah to brown paper.
- Cut black birds flying in sky.
- Glue black birds to yellow paper.
- Cut small pieces of bread and meat out of scraps.
- Glue food in birds' beaks.
- Draw a sign out of scraps.
- Write "Brook Cherith" on sign.
- Glue sign to brown paper.
- Write "God provided for Elijah" at the top of the yellow paper.
- Write "...and He will provide for us!" at the bottom of the blue.
- Write "1 Kings 17" somewhere on the paper.