Elijah vs. the Prophets of Baal
This week we talked about one of my absolute favorite stories in the Bible! I love imagining the scene on Mt. Carmel with Elijah and the prophets of Baal. In fact, Elijah’s faith as demonstrated in this story was the main reason we chose to name our second son after him. It’s one of those stories that’s so incredible, but if we’ve heard it over and over it can start to lost its “punch.” So I had a lot of fun bringing it to life at our house this week!
To introduce the story as dramatically as possible, I told it on my own with our flannel board set. Then throughout the week I reinforced it by reading 1 Kings 18:20-39 from my ESV Bible as well as from The Beginner’s Bible (by Karyn Henley), The Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes, Classic Bible Stories: A Family Treasury, and a new story book this week, The Rhyme Bible Storybook, which provided some review of our previous stories about Elijah.
We sang our memory verse (1 Kings 18:39) to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell,” and it was a HUGE hit! (You never know what’s going to tickle their fancy!) We sang it in the car, as we played, every time we read the story or randomly thought of it… and every time it turned into a wild celebratory chant. Arms would flail, legs would dance, and both boys would be singing/shouting at the top of their lungs:
The LORD, he is God / The Lord, he is God / First Kings eighteen thirty-nine / The Lord, he is God
I wanted Ian to understand how powerful God’s fire was. So in spite of 100 degree temperatures this week, we lit a (tiny) fire in the fireplace to show how wet wood doesn’t burn like dry wood, and how stones don’t burn up in an ordinary fire.
For Ian’s Bible notebook I was inspired by several ideas at christianpreschoolprintables.com, but I ended up going with their “God Brings Fire” craft because it was so different than anything we’ve done so far. The idea was that the marble painting would create the “fire” on a paper printed with logs. Ours didn’t look quite like the sample (Ian didn’t do much besides tipping the tray back and forth, so we didn’t get many curvy lines), but both boys LOVED marble painting. Ian also liked mixing the red and yellow to make orange (which we’ve practiced with bathtub paints, so he felt really proud knowing what the outcome would be). I didn’t have a box the right size, so I used an old cookie sheet. After first trying little bowls with the paint, I switched to little “puddles” on the sides of the trays that the balls could roll to and recover themselves.
This week’s iPod playlist was quite entertaining:
- “Elijah” from The Singing Bible
- “1 Kings 18 Mount Carmel” from the ESV Audio Drama Children’s Bible from Faith Comes By Hearing
- SONG “God Rules” from the ESV Audio Drama Children’s Bible from Faith Comes By Hearing
- Karen & Kids podcast: “Elijah Part 2”
- Adventures in Odyssey episodes Elijah I & II from the album Adventures in Odyssey: Chronicles, Kings, and Crosses (or the AIO Bible Eyewitness Collector’s Set – Old Testament)