Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Best Elijah Online Sunday School Lessons

Includes 5 lessons on God providing for Elijah, Elijah and the prophets of Baal, God speaking to Elijah quietly, Elijah confronting King Amaziah, and Elijah being taken to Heaven


God Provides for Elijah and Brings a Dead Boy Back to Life Children’s Sunday School Lesson

Use this children’s Sunday School lesson about Elijah to teach kids about how God supplies our needs and answers our prayers.


Needed: Bibles, a bowl with some flour in it, bowls and cereal or building blocks, 2 six-sided dice


Lesson: Say, Last time, we learned about how King Solomon died and his son, Rehoboam, made a big mistake. Does anyone remember what King Rehoboam did? (He wouldn’t listen to the people of Israel when they asked him to let them work less hard. He told the people he was going to make them work harder.)

So, most of the people of Israel wouldn’t let Rehoboam be their king. They started a new country of Israel and made a man named Jeroboam their king. But Jeroboam made a big mistake too. Does anyone remember what bad thing Jeroboam did? (He made fake gods for the people to worship.)

The people of Israel had two kingdoms, Judah and the new country of Israel, and both kingdoms had bad kings.

Today, we’re going to learn about how God started sending prophets to deal with those bad kings.

(Read 1 Kings 16:29-17:24 with your students, or read the following story as a summary.)


Summary Story: Years passed and the kingdoms of Israel and Judah had bad king after bad king. These kings kept believing in fake gods and not the real God only, and they kept doing bad things. Every time, God would send prophets to the kings to try to tell them to believe in the real God and do stop doing their bad things. One of those prophets was a man named Elijah.

Elijah was a prophet in the kingdom of Israel during the time of King Ahab. King Ahab was the worst king Israel had ever had. He worshiped fake gods and did a lot of bad things.

One day, Elijah said to King Ahab, “King Ahab, God says that He won’t let it rain in Israel any more until you start to believe in Him and do the right things.”

King Ahab was very mad at the prophet Elijah for saying this, so God told Elijah to go hide in the desert by a river so that King Ahab couldn’t find him and kill him.

Elijah stayed by the river for a long time. He drank from the river, and God had the birds fly and bring Elijah meat and bread every day for his food.

How would you like to have birds fly and bring you your food like that?


Game: Raven Relay – Divide students into two teams and have them line up at one side of the room. If you want to use cereal, give each team a bowl. At the other end of the room, place a bowl full of cereal or a bucket of building blocks. One by one, the members of each team run to their bowl or bucket and bring back a single piece of cereal or building block. They then add their piece of cereal to the team’s bowl or add their building block to the team’s tower. The first team to retrieve all their pieces wins.

Explain that when the students were running to get their pieces, they were like the birds flying to get food and bring it back to Elijah.


Story Continues: So, the birds brought Elijah his food. But then, the river dried up because God hadn’t let it rain. God told Elijah to go to the town of Zarephath.

When Elijah walked up to the town of Zarephath, he saw a woman picking up sticks. He said, “Could you please give me a drink of water? And some bread?”

Would you give Elijah some bread and water?

But the woman answered, “Sir, I don’t have any bread. I’m very poor. I’m gathering some sticks to make a fire. Then, I’m going to go home to bake the last loaf of bread I have ingredients for. My son and I are going to eat and then, we’re going to die because we don’t have any money to buy any more food.”

(Show the students the bowl of flour and ask) How much bread do you think the woman could make with this?

Not very much, right? And that's all the food she has left! She doesn't have any more food for her and her son, and she doesn't have any money to buy more!

Elijah said, “Don’t be afraid. Go ahead and bake the bread for you and your son, but first, bake me a loaf of bread. God says that you will not run out of ingredients until He lets it rain again.”

The woman believed in God, and she did what Elijah said. She baked him a loaf of bread, but then, she still had enough ingredients left over to bake her and her son’s bread. The next day, she still had enough ingredients to make more bread. The same thing kept happening every day, just as Elijah had said. The woman never ran out of ingredients!

How do you think the woman never ran out of ingredients? (God kept giving her new ingredients to make her bread.)

So, Elijah lived with the woman and her son, and God kept giving them food to eat.

But a little while later, the woman’s son died. Elijah took the son and carried him upstairs to his room and put him on the bed. Elijah prayed to God, asking God to bring the son back to life.

Do you think God will make the son come back to life?

Elijah lied down on top of the son and kept praying for God to bring him back to life. After a few seconds, God answered Elijah’s prayer and the boy came back to life!

And because of everything that God and Elijah did for the woman and her son, they believed in God.


Review Questions
Why did Elijah say that God wasn’t going to let it rain in Israel? (Because King Ahab was doing bad things. God said it would only rain again when Ahab started to believe in Him and do the right things.)

How did Elijah get food when he was hiding by the river? (God told the birds to bring him food.)

How did Elijah get food when he was living with the poor woman and her son? (God kept giving them new ingredients to make bread so that they wouldn’t run out.)

Do you think God could help give you food like that? (Yes.)

God helps us in all kinds of different ways. He gives us what we need.

What did Elijah do to make the woman’s son come back to life? (He prayed for God to help the son.)

Do you think you could pray for God to help other people? (Yes.)

God likes it when we pray for other people. He doesn’t always do everything we ask Him to, like when He helped the son when Elijah asked Him to, but He does like it when we pray.


Game: Raising the Dice – Divide students into two teams and give each time a six-sided die. The first student from each team runs up to a table and rolls their dice. The student with the highest roll gets a point for their team.

The trick is that each team can help their player. As the students are rolling their die, the teams cheer. The team that’s the loudest gets to add one number to their player’s die roll. So, if Team A’s player rolls a 3, but their team is cheering the loudest, you’ll count that player’s roll as a 4.

Students re-roll in case of a tie, but only if the tie occurs after you add the cheering bonus.

After the first two students roll and you determine who gets the point, those students run back to their teams, hand off their die, and the next students run up. The team with the most points after everyone has rolled wins.

Explain that when we pray for someone, it’s like we’re cheering for them. We’re asking God to help them, just like Elijah prayed for the dead boy. Our prayers for someone else can help God decide to help that person.


Game: Resurrection Tag – Divide students into two teams and play a game of freeze tag. When students get tagged, they freeze in place. They are Dead. Every few seconds, the leader runs through the playing field, pretending to be Jesus. When Jesus runs through, the Dead are unfrozen.

Perform this action a few times and then, switch which team is chasing the other. At the end, explain that just like God raised the dead boy back to life, Jesus is going to come back from Heaven one day and will raise all of us back to life too.


Closing Prayer: Lord, we know that You have the power to supply all of our needs and to answer our prayers. You are a powerful God and a good God. Help us to always put our trust in You. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Recommended Extras

Elijah is Fed by Ravens – free coloring and activity pages



Showdown on Mount Carmel Children’s Sunday School Lesson

Use this children’s Sunday School lesson about Elijah to teach kids who the real God is.


Needed: Bibles


Intro Game: Thumb Wrestling Tournament – Have students find a partner. When you say, Go!, each pair of students thumb wrestle. The winners of each match pair up with another winner. The losers pair up with another loser. If someone loses twice, they’re out. The winners keep playing until one student wins the tournament.

Play again if time allows. Then, ask, What if God was in a thumb wrestling tournament with the other gods? Who do you think would win? (Explain that God would win because He’s the only God that’s real. The other gods couldn’t even play because they’re not real.)


Lesson: Say, Last time, we learned about how the prophet Elijah told King Ahab that God wasn’t going to let it rain anymore. Does anyone remember why God wasn’t going to let it rain anymore? (Because King Ahab was worshipping fake gods and not doing the right things that God wanted him to do.)

God said that it would only rain again when King Ahab started to believe in Him and do the right things.

Today, we’re going to learn about what God and Elijah did next.

After three years of not having any rain in the kingdom of Israel, King Ahab was getting desperate. All the grass had died, and they were going to have to start killing the animals because there wasn’t enough grass for the animals to eat or water for the animals to drink.

Elijah had been hiding from King Ahab because he was afraid that Ahab would kill him, but now, God told Elijah to go see King Ahab.

(Read 1 Kings 18:17-24 with your students.)

“When King Ahab saw Elijah, he said to him, ‘Is that you, you troubler of Israel?’

“’I have not made trouble for Israel,’ Elijah replied. ‘But you and your father’s family have. You have abandoned the Lord’s commands and have followed the Baals. Now summon the people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel. And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.’

“So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel. Elijah went before the people and said, ‘How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal is God, follow him.’

“But the people said nothing.

Then Elijah said to them, ‘I am the only one of the Lord’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. Get two bulls for us. Let Baal’s prophets choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The God who answers by fire—He is God.’

“Then all the people said, ‘What you say is good.’”

So Elijah and the prophets of the fake gods, Baal and Asherah, are going to each kill a bull and put it up on an altar on the mountain. Then, they’re going to pray, and whichever god sends fire down from Heaven to burn up the bull, the Israelites will worship as the real god.

Do you think the fake gods, Baal and Asherah, will send fire down from Heaven to burn up the bull, or will the real God send fire down from Heaven to burn up the bull?

(Read 1 Kings 18:25-29 with your students.)

“Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, ‘Choose one of the bulls and prepare it first, since there are so many of you. Call on the name of your god, but do not light the fire.’ So they took the bull given them and prepared it.

“Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. ‘Baal, answer us!’ they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made.

“At noon Elijah began to taunt them. ‘Shout louder!’ he said. ‘Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.’ So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention.

Why do you think Baal won’t send fire down from Heaven to burn up the bull? (Because Baal isn’t real. He’s a fake god.)

(Read 1 Kings 18:30-35 with your students.)

“Then Elijah said to all the people, ‘Come here to me.’ They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the Lord, which had been torn down. Elijah took twelve stones, one for each of the tribes descended from Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord had come, saying, ‘Your name shall be Israel.’ With the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord, and he dug a trench around it large enough to hold [gallons of water]. He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he said to them, ‘Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood.’

“’Do it again,’ he said, and they did it again.

“’Do it a third time,’ he ordered, and they did it the third time. The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench.”

Why do you think Elijah keeps telling the people to pour water on the bull that he wants God to send fire down from Heaven to burn up? (To make it even harder for God to send fire down from Heaven and burn it up. Elijah wants to prove that God is so powerful, He can even burn up something that’s wet.)

(Read 1 Kings 18:36-40 with your students.)

“At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: ‘Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that You are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at Your command. Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that You, Lord, are God, and that You are turning their hearts back again.’

“Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.

“When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, ‘The Lord—He is God! The Lord—He is God!’

Then Elijah commanded them, ‘Seize the prophets of Baal. Don’t let anyone get away!’ They seized them, and Elijah had them brought down to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered there.”

Did God send fire down from Heaven to burn up the bull like Elijah prayed for? (Yes.)

And did the people believe in the real God again? (Yes.)

It says that Elijah took all the prophets of the fake god, Baal, and had them killed. Why do you think he did that? (Because they were teaching people to believe in the fake gods instead of the real God.)

What do you think the prophets of Baal would have done to Elijah if Baal had answered their prayer and God didn’t answer Elijah’s prayer? (They would have killed him.)

(Read 1 Kings 18:41-46 with your students.)

“And Elijah said to Ahab, ‘Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.’ So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees.

“‘Go and look toward the sea,’ he told his servant. And he went up and looked.

“‘There is nothing there,’ he said.

“Seven times Elijah said, ‘Go back.’

“The seventh time the servant reported, ‘A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.’

“So Elijah said, ‘Go and tell Ahab, “Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.”’

“Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain started falling and Ahab rode off to Jezreel. The power of the Lord came on Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.”

What does it mean when it says that the sky started to get cloudy? What was about to happen? (It was going to rain.)

God was going to make it rain again because the people started believing in God again.

Also, it says that King Ahab rode his chariot back to the city of Jezreel, but Elijah ran in front of the chariot the whole time. How could Elijah run faster than the horses pulling the chariot? (God gave him super speed during that time.)

This whole story is about God doing miracles to show that He’s the real God and that He wants people to believe in Him and only Him.


Game: Race Ya! – Have kids test their speed in a foot race. After the first race, congratulate all the runners and remind them that God gave Elijah the power to run even faster than the horses pulling Ahab’s chariot.

Then, you can mix up the race by requiring students to do different things on their way to the finish line. Suggestions include doing jumping jacks, hopping, skipping, doing the crabwalk, spinning, and running backward.


Closing Prayer: Father God, You are the only God. Help us to respect You and believe in You and follow You as we should. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Recommended Extras

Superbook:Elijah and the Prophets of Baal – an animated video from the updated Superbook series, includes time-traveling children who learn lessons from the story

Superbook: Elijah and the Prophets of Baal DVD

Elijah’s Fire is Lit by God – free coloring and activity pages



God Appears to Elijah Children’s Sunday School Lesson

Use this children’s Sunday School lesson about Elijah to teach students about the ways God speaks to us.


Needed: Bibles, blindfolds, drawing paper and crayons or colored pencils


Intro Craft: How God Works – Give students drawing supplies and ask them to draw their favorite way that God worked in the Bible. It could be a story about God from the Old Testament. It could be a story about Jesus. It could be a story about how the Holy Spirit helped Jesus’ disciples after He went to Heaven. It simply needs to be one way that God worked.

When the students are finished, have them each explain their drawing. Point out that God works in a lot of different ways.


Lesson: Say, Last time, we learned about how the prophet Elijah challenged the prophets of the fake gods, Baal and Asherah, to prove if their God was real or not. Does anyone remember what the challenge was? (Elijah killed one bull and put it on the altar and the prophets of Baal and Asherah killed another bull and put it on their altar. The god who sent fire down from Heaven to burn up the bull would be proven to be the real god.)

And which god sent fire down from Heaven to burn up the bull, the fake gods or the real God? (The real God.)

Then, Elijah took the prophets of the fake gods, Baal and Asherah, and killed them because they were teaching the people to worship fake gods instead of the real God.

Today, we’re going to learn about what happened to Elijah next.

King Ahab went home and told his wife, Queen Jezebel, about everything that had happened. Queen Jezebel didn’t believe in the real God. She believed in the fake gods, Baal and Asherah, and when she heard that Elijah had killed all of her prophets, she was so mad that she decided to kill Elijah. She didn’t care that God had proved He was real when He burned up Elijah’s bull.

(Read 1 Kings 19:3-4 with your students.)

“Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. ‘I have had enough, Lord,’ he said. ‘Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.’

Why did Elijah run away? (Because he was afraid that Queen Jezebel was going to kill him.)

Should Elijah have been afraid? (No, he should have trusted that God could protect him.)

Elijah says that he wants to die. Do you think people should want to die?

We shouldn’t want to die because God gave us life. Life is a gift from God, and it’s special, so we should try to make the best of our lives and not want to die until the end of our life when it’s time for us to die.

(Read 1 Kings 19:5-13 with your students.)

“Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.

“All at once an angel touched him and said, ‘Get up and eat.’ He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.

“The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, ‘Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.’ So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. There he went into a cave and spent the night.

“And the word of the Lord came to him: ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’

“He replied, ‘I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and put Your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.’

“The Lord said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’

“Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

“Then a voice said to him, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’”

Did God’s voice come out of the loud wind or the earthquake or the fire? (No.)

God’s voice didn’t come out of any of those big and powerful things, but out of a gentle breeze. A lot of times, we think of God talking to us by doing big things like miracle. But sometimes, God talks to us in little things. We have to learn to listen for God in the big things and in the little things, when He talks loud and when He talks soft. Sometimes, God talks so soft that we can only hear it inside our hearts. We have to listen for God to talk to us in any way that He wants to.

What are some ways that God talks to us? (Through the Bible, through prayer, through miracles, through listening to people teach us such as our parents or Sunday School teacher or pastor, through our conscience, etc.)

Then, God told Elijah, “Go find a man named Elisha and tell him that I have chosen him to be a prophet too. He will be your helper and you will teach him how to be a prophet.”

A little while later, King Ahab went to war and was shot with arrows and killed. God wanted Ahab to die because Ahab was a bad king and didn’t do the right things God wanted him to do. After that, another man attacked the castle and threw Queen Jezebel out of a window and killed her because she was a bad queen who worshiped fake gods instead of the real God and tried to kill all of the real God’s prophets.


Game: Listening for God – Have students find a partner. Blindfold one partner, spin them around, and walk them to somewhere else in the room. When you say Go! their partners call their names. The blindfolded partner tries to make it back to the caller.

When all the blindfolded students make it back to their partner, have them switch roles.

Play again if time permits, but make the students find a new partner for each round.

Remind students that we have to listen closely if we want to hear God speaking to us.


Game: Acting It Out - Divide students into groups of two or three. Have each group decide on and act out one way that God can speak to us. After each group, briefly discuss the best way to listen for God speaking in that way.


Closing Prayer: Lord, You speak to us in so many ways. You speak in big things and You speak in small things. Help us to pay attention and listen to You. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.



Showing Respect for God and the Leaders He Chooses Children’s Sunday School Lesson

Use this children’s Sunday School lesson about Elijah to teach children about respect.


Needed: Bibles, strips of paper, drawing paper and crayons or colored pencils


Intro Activity: Mock Election – Announce that you’re going to play a game to decide which student will be the next leader of (your country, your class, your church, or any other organization your kids will relate to).

Explain that everyone will vote for who they want the new leader to be. Even the teacher will vote. Your election will happen in three phases: nominations, questions and answers, and voting.

Phase 1: Nominations. Kids can nominate themselves or another member of the class. When they nominate someone, have them state why they think that person would make a good leader. A student can decline the nomination if they don’t want to be leader. Once students are finished making their nominations, write the names of all the nominees down on strips of paper and put them in a non-see-through container. This is where the teacher will pull their vote from at the end.

Phase 2: Questions and Answers. Think of three questions you want the nominees to answer. They can be serious or silly questions about problems your organization (country, class, church, etc.) needs to solve. After you finish asking your premade questions, allow kids time to ask questions that they think of. Nominees can also answer each other questions. Make sure the questions and discussion remain appropriate and respectful.

Phase 3: Voting. Have each child come up to you and tell you who they want to vote for. Tally up the votes. Say, Based on student votes alone, (student’s name) is the winner! But I haven’t made my vote yet. I will tell you my vote before the end of class, and then, we’ll see who wins the final election.


Lesson: Say, So far, we’ve learned about how the prophet Elijah challenged the prophets of the fake gods, Baal and Asherah, to prove if their god was real or not. Does anyone remember what the challenge was? (Elijah killed one bull and put it on the altar and the prophets of Baal and Asherah killed another bull and put it on their altar. The god who sent fire down from Heaven to burn up the bull would be proven to be the real god.)

And which god sent fire down from Heaven to burn up the bull, the fake gods or the real God? (The real God.)

Then, Elijah took the prophets of the fake gods, Baal and Asherah, and killed them because they were teaching the people to worship fake gods instead of the real God.

After that, the bad king and queen who were worshipping the fake gods died and a new king, King Amaziah, ruled over Israel. But King Amaziah was a bad king too because he also worshipped the fake god Baal instead of worshipping the real God.

One day, King Amaziah was walking outside on his porch when the wood broke underneath him, and he fell down the hole and hurt himself pretty bad. His servants helped him out of the hole and put him in bed. Then, King Amaziah sent a messenger to ask the priest of the false god, Baal, if he would get better from his injuries.

(Read 2 Kings 1:3-6 with your students.)

“But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, ‘Go up and meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and ask them, “Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going off to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?” Therefore this is what the Lord says: “You will not leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!’ So Elijah went.

“When the messengers returned to the king, he asked them, ‘Why have you come back?’

“’A man came to meet us,’ they replied. ‘And he said to us, “Go back to the king who sent you and tell him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending messengers to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore you will not leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!”’”

Why did God say that King Amaziah was going to die? What bad thing did King Amaziah do? (King Amaziah believed in the fake god, Baal, instead of the real God, so God was going to punish him by letting him die. Amaziah sent messengers to the priest of Baal instead of to God.)

Remember that God’s number one rule is that we believe in Him only and not any fake gods.

(Read 2 Kings 1:7-10 with your students.)

“The king asked them, ‘What kind of man was it who came to meet you and told you this?’

“They replied, ‘He had a garment of hair and had a leather belt around his waist.’

“The king said, ‘That was Elijah the Tishbite.’

“Then he sent to Elijah a captain with his company of fifty men. The captain went up to Elijah, who was sitting on the top of a hill, and said to him, ‘Man of God, the king says, “Come down!”’

“Elijah answered the captain, ‘If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!’ Then fire fell from heaven and consumed the captain and his men.

Why did Elijah call fire down from God to burn up the army captain and his men? (The king sent the army captain to arrest Elijah and Elijah didn’t want the bad king to arrest him. Elijah was afraid that if he let the army captain arrest him, then King Amaziah might put him in prison or kill him, so he called fire down from God to protect himself.)

(Act out this scene with your students. Choose one student to be Elijah and the other to be the first army captain. Set “Elijah” on one side of the room and then, have the army captain come up and order Elijah to come with him. Then, tell Elijah to call fire down from God and have the captain pretend that fire came down and killed the first captain.)

(Read 2 Kings 1:11-12 with your students.)

“At this the king sent to Elijah another captain with his fifty men. The captain said to him, ‘Man of God, this is what the king says, “Come down at once!”’

“’If I am a man of God,’ Elijah replied, ‘may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!’ Then the fire of God fell from heaven and consumed him and his fifty men.”

(Act out this scene as you did the first, choosing a new student to be the second captain.)

(Read 2 Kings 1:13-15 with your students.)

“So the king sent a third captain with his fifty men. This third captain went up and fell on his knees before Elijah. ‘Man of God,’ he begged, ‘please have respect for my life and the lives of these fifty men, your servants! See, fire has fallen from heaven and consumed the first two captains and all their men. But now have respect for my life!’

“The angel of the Lord said to Elijah, ‘Go down with him; do not be afraid of him.’ So Elijah got up and went down with him to the king.”

Why didn’t Elijah call fire down from God to burn up this third army captain? (The third army captain asked nicely for Elijah to come with him and God said that Elijah didn’t have to be afraid of this one.)

(Act out this scene with a new student being the third captain and asking Elijah to come with him nicely. Instruct Elijah to go with him, and both students take their seats.)

This third army captain was good because he showed respect for God and for God’s prophet, Elijah. We have to be careful to always show respect to God and to the leaders that God chooses.

(Read 2 Kings 1:16-17 with your students.)

“He told the king, ‘This is what the Lord says: Is it because there is no God in Israel for you to consult that you have sent messengers to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? Because you have done this, you will never leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!’ So he died, according to the word of the Lord that Elijah had spoken.

So, there are two things we should remember from this lesson today. One, we should believe in the real God only and not any fake gods. Two, we should always show respect to God and to the leaders that God chooses. If we do those two things, then God will be happy with us.

Do you know any people that God chose to be leaders?

God chose the leaders of the church when He helped us decide who would be the pastors and the elders (or whatever term you use for lay leaders). God chose the leaders of our country when He helped us decide who should be… (President or Prime Minister, members of Congress or Parliament, and our local leaders).

Even if we don’t always agree with the decisions our leaders make, we still need to respect them. We respect God first, but unless a leader does something against God’s rules, we respect them too because God chose them to be a leader.


Craft: Praying for Our Leaders – Tell students that we should pray for the leaders that God chooses. They have a big job, and we need to pray that they make good decisions, that they stay safe, and that they don’t get too stressed by being the leader.

Hand out drawing supplies and ask kids to draw themselves praying for one leader. It can be a leader of the county, of your church, or any other type of leader they might have in mind as long as that person is real. No praying for the leader of the Justice League in this activity!


Mock Election Conclusion: Remind students that God chooses the leaders. Explain that for this election, you’re pretending to be God. So, whoever you vote for, that person wins. Then, randomly draw a name from the strips of paper you made for all of the nominees. Announce the winner of the election of and congratulate them on being “God’s” chosen leader.


Closing Prayer: Father God, we know that You are our leader and that You chose the leaders we have here on Earth. Help us to respect our leaders like You want us to. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.



Elijah is Taken Up to Heaven, and Elisha Inherits a Double Portion of His Spirit Children’s Sunday School Lesson

Use this Elijah and Elisha children’s Sunday School lesson to teach children about how we can serve God best in this life and how we’re looking forward to going to Heaven one day.


Needed: Bibles, blanket or sheet or beach towel, drawing paper and crayons or colored pencils, various objects to hide


Intro Game: Up and Down – Give students blankets, sheets, or beach towels to hold between them. You can break the students into teams or have them complete the following challenges together.

1. Bounce an object 5, 10, and 20 times without dropping it.

2. See how high they can bounce an object.

3. Bounce more than one object for 30 seconds without dropping any of them.

4. Bounce an object while spinning their blanket, sheet, or towel. (Everyone in the circle moves one step between bounces.)

5. Bounce and object while hopping. (Everyone takes one hop between bounces.)

You can add more complicated challenges if your group is doing well. As you finish, point out that we all want to go up to Heaven someday and that today, you’re going to learn about a man who did go to Heaven.


Lesson: Say, So far, we’ve learned about how the prophet Elijah challenged the prophets of the fake gods, Baal and Asherah, to prove if their God was real or not. Does anyone remember what the challenge was? (Elijah killed one bull and put it on the altar and the prophets of Baal and Asherah killed another bull and put it on their altar. The god who sent fire down from Heaven to burn up the bull would be proven to be the real god.)

And which god sent fire down from Heaven to burn up the bull, the fake gods or the real God? (The real God.)

Then, Elijah took the prophets of the fake gods, Baal and Asherah, and killed them because they were teaching the people to worship fake gods instead of the real God.

Then, the bad queen, Jezebel, tried to kill Elijah, but Elijah ran away into the desert for a little while so that the queen couldn’t find him. While Elijah was in the desert, God told him to go find a man named Elisha and to tell Elisha that God had chosen him to be a prophet too. Then, Elisha became Elijah’s helper, and Elijah taught Elisha how to be a prophet.

(Read 2 Kings 2:1-9 with your students.)

“When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Stay here; the Lord has sent me to Bethel.’

“But Elisha said, ‘As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.’ So they went down to Bethel.

“The company of the prophets at Bethel came out to Elisha and asked, ‘Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master from you today?’

“‘Yes, I know,’ Elisha replied, ‘so be quiet.’

“Then Elijah said to him, ‘Stay here, Elisha; the Lord has sent me to Jericho.’

“And he replied, ‘As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.’ So they went to Jericho.

“The company of the prophets at Jericho went up to Elisha and asked him, ‘Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master from you today?’

“’Yes, I know,’ he replied, ‘so be quiet.’

“Then Elijah said to him, ‘Stay here; the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.’

“And he replied, ‘As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.’ So the two of them walked on.

“Fifty men from the company of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing the place where Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan. Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up and struck the water with it. The water divided to the right and to the left, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground.

“When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?’

“’Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,’ Elisha replied.”

What do you think Elisha meant when he said he wanted to have a double portion of Elijah’s spirit? (Elisha meant that he wanted to be twice as good a prophet as Elijah was. He wanted to be twice as powerful so that he could serve God even more.)

(Read 2 Kings 2:10-12 with your students.)

“’You have asked a difficult thing,’ Elijah said, ‘yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours—otherwise, it will not.’

“As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elisha saw this and cried out, ‘My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!’ And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his garment and tore it in two.”

What happened to Elijah? Where did he go? (God took him up to Heaven in a chariot of fire.)

Do you think God will take us to Heaven one day? (Yes.)

When will God take us to Heaven? (When we die.)

What do we have to do for God to take us to Heaven? (We have to believe in God and do the right things that God wants us to do.)

Then, immediately after Elijah went up to Heaven, Elisha became twice as powerful as Elijah had been. He took Elijah’s cloak and smacked the river, and the river moved out of his way, just as it had done for Elijah.

Then, he made a dirty river that was killing people, clean.

One time, when some young men were being disrespectful to him, Elisha called two bears out of the woods, and the bears killed the young men for being disrespectful to God and God’s prophet, Elisha.

After that, he made it so that a poor woman’s ingredients for bread kept getting more and more, just like Elijah had done. Elisha raised a dead boy back to life, just like Elijah had done.

He did all of these miracles from God and more because he had become an even more powerful prophet than Elijah.

Next week, we’ll learn about another miracle that Elisha did, but for now, I want to ask, Do you think Elisha should have wanted to be more powerful than Elijah?

I think it was okay for Elisha to want to be more powerful because he didn’t want to be selfish with his power. He wanted to serve God.

And we can also think about how we can serve God better too. Think about ways that you can serve God better than your parents or the pastor or me. Think about how you can serve God the best out of everyone. But remember that you don’t want to serve just to be better than someone else, but only to serve God the best you can.


Craft: How Can I Serve God Better? – Give students drawing paper and crayons or colored pencils and have them draw a picture of how they could imagine themselves serving God when they get older. When they’re finished, have them explain their drawings to the class.


Game: What’s Missing? – Place a variety of objects on the table or around the room. Have students close their eyes, and then, take one of the objects and put it in your pocket or outside the room. Have students open their eyes and guess what’s missing. Give them hints if they can’t figure it out. The first student to correctly guess what was missing then gets to take the next object.

Play until everyone has had a turn taking an object or as long as time allows. Explain that when God took Elijah up to Heaven, His body wasn’t on earth anymore. God took his spirit and his body up to Heaven. When we die, God will take only our spirit to Heaven. Then, when Jesus comes back to earth, He’ll bring our spirits with Him and will raise our bodies back from the dead to be like new. Then, our spirits will go back in our bodies, and we’ll live forever with God and Jesus.


Closing Prayer: Father God, we thank You for the story of Elijah being taken to Heaven. We pray that You’ll help us to believe in You so that You’ll take our spirits to Heaven one day. And we pray that while we’re here, You’ll help us to serve You the best that we can. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Recommended Extras

Elijah is Taken Up to Heaven – free coloring and activity pages



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All of these lessons are included in my book, Kings and Prophets: Children Sunday School Lessons on the Great and Not-So-Great Leaders of Israel. 
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