God sent the prophet Elijah to tell Ahab that there would be neither dew nor rain for the next few years (17:1). During this drought God sent ravens to feed Elijah (v. 6).
'Meanwhile Jezebel was killing off the Lord's prophets” (18:4). She knew Elijah was a prophet of God and wanted to get rid of him. Ahab went to meet Elijah and called him the 'troubler of Israel” (v. 17).
Elijah put forth a challenge to Ahab to assemble the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah, who ate at Jezebel's table. So all the prophets assembled on Mount Carmel for the big showdown between Ahab and Jezebel's god, Baal, and Elijah's God, the God of heaven and earth. The prophets of Baal showed themselves to be powerless; their god did not respond to their pleas (18:29). But God performed a powerful miracle, proving that He alone is the one true God. 'When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, 'The LORD—he is God!'” (v. 39). All the prophets of Baal were put to the sword.
After Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done to the prophets of Baal, she sent word to Elijah that she was going to do the same to him (19:1-2). Elijah was afraid and fled into the desert. He sat under a tree and asked the Lord to just let him die!
An angel appeared to Elijah and gave him bread and water. Then Elijah traveled forty days and forty nights to Mount Horeb, the mountain of God. There he went into a cave and spent the night. God told him to go to the Desert of Damascus and anoint Hazael king over Aram and Jehu king over Israel. He also instructed Elijah to anoint Elisha to succeed him as prophet (19:15-16).
God doesn't want us to fear the actions of our enemies, but to face our troubles with Him and ask Him to guide us.
Ahab did more to provoke the Lord to anger than did all the kings of Israel before him. 'There was never a man like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the LORD, urged on by Jezebel his wife” (21:25). Be sure and read the last chapter of 1 Kings about Ahab's death.
Fill in the blanks on the worksheet and on the 'Back to the Word” sheet. May God bless you as you read His Word.
1 Kings, Part 2, Worksheet
Chapter 16 tells the story of five wicked kings: ______, ____, _____, ____ and ____.
Ahab was the king of Israel for ______-___ years and 'did more evil in the eyes of the LORD than any of those before him” (16:30).
Ahab married _______, an idol-worshiping woman, and began to worship a god named Baal.
'He set up an _____ for Baal in the temple of Baal that he built in Samaria” (16:32).
God sent the prophet ______ to tell Ahab that there would no rain for the next few years (17:1).
During this drought God sent ______ to feed Elijah (17:6).
After God did a powerful miracle on Mount Carmel, all the ________ of Baal were killed (18:40).
When _______ threatened to kill Elijah, Elijah was afraid and fled into the desert (19:1-4).
God told Elijah to anoint ______ king over Aram and Jehu king over Israel, and ______ to succeed him as prophet (19:15-16).
When Naboth refused to sell his ________ to Ahab, Jezebel had Naboth killed (21:1-16).
'There was never a man like Ahab, who sold himself to do ____ in the eyes of the LORD, urged on by Jezebel his wife” (21:25).
Ahab _________ himself and went into battle, and someone drew his bow at random and hit the ____ between the sections of his armor (22:30-34).
Unlike Ahab, ___________, the king of Judah, did what was right in the eyes of the Lord (22:43).
After Ahab died, his son Ahaziah became king of Israel, and he reigned ___ years (22:51).
'He served and worshiped ____ and provoked the LORD, the God of Israel, to anger, just as his ______ had done” (22:53).
Memory Verse: 'With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation” (Psalm 91:16).
1 Kings, Part 2
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Match each Scripture reference below with the correct verse, and then fill in the missing words.
1 Kings 17:22 1 Kings 21:24 1 Kings 19:11 1 Kings 16:7
1 Kings 18:32 1 Kings 22:34 1 Kings 19:18 1 Kings 19:3
'The word of the ____ came through the prophet Jehu son of Hanani to 1 Kings ______
Baasha and his house, because of all the evil he had done in the eyes of
the LORD, _________ him to anger by the things he did, and becoming
like the house of Jeroboam—and also because he destroyed it.”
'But someone drew his ___ at random and hit the king of Israel between 1 Kings ______
the sections of his _____.”
'The LORD heard ________ cry, and the boy's life returned to him, and he 1 Kings ______
'With the stones he built an _____ in the name of the LORD, and he dug a 1 Kings ______
trench around it large enough to hold two seahs [thirteen quarts] of seed.”
'Elijah was ______ and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in 1 Kings ______
Judah, he left his servant there.”
''Dogs will ___ those belonging to Ahab who die in the city, and the birds 1 Kings ______
of the air will ____ on those who die in the country.'”
'The LORD said, 'Go out and stand on the ________ in the presence of the 1 Kings ______
LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.'”
''Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed 1 Kings ______
down to ____ and all whose mouths have not ______ him.'”