Elijah and the Widow
1 Kings 17
“I am the Lord… I will not give my glory to another.” Isaiah 42:8
After King Solomon died, the tribes of Israel split into two kingdoms—the Northern Kingdom of Israel and the Southern Kingdom of Judah. Jeroboam was the king of Israel, and Solomon’s son Rehoboam was the king of Judah. These two kingdoms were frequently at war with each other, and they rotated through mostly evil kings for decades. Ahab was the king of Israel when the prophet Elijah came to him.
The name Elijahmeans “My God is Yahweh.” We don’t know anything about Elijah’s background or family, but God chose Elijah (and later the prophet Elisha) to warn the Israelites of their future destruction. For years, God sent prophets to warn His people about the consequences their sin would bring. He wanted them to turn back to Him, but they would not.
Three significant events occur in 1 Kings 17. First, Elijah announced a drought in the land of Israel. Evil King Ahab and his wife Jezebel encouraged Baal worship, so the drought was punishment for Israel’s idolatry—according to the law of God. (Deut. 11:16-17) God provided for Elijah during the drought.
Second, Elijah visited a widow. God promised that the widow would provide for him. Lack of rain caused a famine in the land. God provided food for the widow and her son. Elijah stayed with the widow for two years.
Third, Elijah raised the widow’s son from the dead. Elijah asked God to bring the boy back to life, and God did. The woman believed that Elijah was a man of God and that his words from God were true.
Help your kids connect this story to Jesus. God miraculously provided through Elijah to give food to the widow and life to the widow’s son. Many years later, God miraculously provided through His own Son, Jesus. Jesus is greater than Elijah. In Jesus, God provides salvation and life to everyone who trusts in Him.
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BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
- God used Elijah to provide bread for the widow and her son.
- God used Elijah to bring the widow’s son back to life.
- God took care of the widow and her son.
KEY PASSAGE: Isaiah 42:8
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
- How many gods are there? There is one true God.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:
- Why did the widow’s oil and flour not run out?
- How did God provide for Elijah? For the widow and her son?
- How does God provide for us?
- What is the greatest way God has provided for us?
- Find a recipe for bread. Bake the bread and review the Bible story. Then deliver it as a family to a neighbor.
- Deliver crayons and coloring books to the waiting room of a children’s hospital. Take time to pray as
a family for sick children, their families, and the medical teams.