While neither the Bible nor the Qur'an mentions the genealogy of Elijah, some scholars of Islam believe he may have come from the priestly family of the prophet Aaron. 17:3). Let’s look at how the Lord worked to restore the prophet. Elijah knew both the power of God and the depths of depression. And Zachariah and John and Jesus and Elijah, they were all from among the righteous, Numerous commentators, including Abdullah Yusuf Ali, have offered commentary on VI: 85 saying that Elijah, Zechariah, John the Baptist and Jesus were all spiritually connected. Have the children continue to act out these parts of the story, with or without puppets. Superintendent of the Northern New England District Council of the Assemblies of God ; NOTE: Rev. This series brings to life the men and women in the Bible who showed outstanding faith. In Jones, Lindsay. As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. For other uses, see. This is considered less important than their belief that Allah himself showed up in the person of Fard Muhammad, the founder of the group. (After Elijah, Jesus and St. George attempt to get help and eventually succeed). Close with prayer and reminder of God’s work in our lives. Greetings from Austria. The Apostles heard and saw the ministry of Christ but had a MORE SURE Word of prophesy, the Written Word of God. Chapel of the Flagellation. As mentioned, he was baptized in its waters by John, and also performed baptisms there himself (Jn … [160][161], The Nation of Islam believes Elijah returned as Elijah Muhammad, black separatist religious leader (who claimed to be a "messenger", not a prophet). How does it feel to follow in someone’s footsteps? [118] This event is chronicled in Doctrine and Covenants 110:13–16. “Get out of here, baldy!” He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the Lord. -2 Kings 2:7-12. The gospel began to be preached or proclaimed with the ministry of John the Baptist ( Luke 16:16). The Slavic and East European Journal. Elijah was a Prophet. This experience forms the basis for the church's focus on genealogy and family history and belief in the eternal nature of marriage and families. 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. [114][115] The feast of St. Elias is known as Ilinden in South Slavic, and was chosen as the day of the Ilinden-Preobrazhenie Uprising in 1903; it is now the holiday of Republic Day in North Macedonia. Had Malcolm decided to remain in Africa indefinitely in 1965, he might have survived—like W.E.B. One such tradition that is gaining popularity is the 2 August pilgrimage to Ljuboten on the Sharr mountains. 9, 13) and Elijah responded with the same negative answer both times (10, 14). With older students, you may be able to hold a piggyback race or have them link arms underneath a third person to carry them around. When they became tired and hungry they stopped to dine. 8 Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up and struck the water with it. [137] Elijah is believed to have preached with zeal to Ahab and his wife Jezebel, who according to Muslim tradition was partly responsible for the worship of false idols in this area. Elisha is now going to take care of Elijah’s jobs. Against the backdrop of Elijah’s failure, this little demonstrative particle highlights God’s gracious work to restore the prophet back to his ministry regardless of what he had done. Elijah's name typically occurs in Jewish lists of those who have entered heaven alive. Explain how Elijah told his successor what special duties and responsibilities he would have, and how hard it was going to be. a. w. pink - the life of faith ; the life of faith ; the design of the atonement ; the advent of the spirit ; … The two feedings serve to underscore the depth of Elijah's depression. Dennis Marquardt is the Superintendent of the Northern New England District of the Assemblies of God which covers the states of Maine, New … That ravens fed Elijah by the brook Chorath has been questioned. Have Elijah hand Elisha a cloak and tell him to watch for the chariots to take him. [140] Elijah appears also in the Hamzanama numerous times, where he is spoken of as being the brother of Khidr as well as one who drank from the Fountain of Youth.[141]. Have the Elijah and Elisha characters stand/walk together for a bit. ς Ηλίας) are often found on mountaintops, which themselves are often named after him. The final chunk of it may be slightly gruesome for younger students, but is a fun image for older ones: From there Elisha went up to Bethel. Elijah’s experience, mentioned at the outset, is a case in point. Elijah's Return: What does the last Old Testament prophecy of Elijah returning mean? And the Arabs brought him bread in the morning and flesh in the evening and he would drink of the wadi. [145] Both Elijah and John the Baptist are considered to be Lesser Prophets, whose stations are below that of a Manifestation of God like Jesus Christ, Buddha, the Báb or Bahá'u'lláh. Thank God for all of His amazing work and ask for patience and wisdom as we discern what His will is in our lives. And We left his (memory) for posterity." As Elijah was described as ascending into heaven in a fiery chariot, the Christian missionaries who converted Slavic tribes likely found him an ideal analogy for Perun, the supreme Slavic god of storms, thunder and lightning bolts. This is applicable to John the Baptist coming to prepare the way for the Lord and His baptism; it also refers to Elijah appearing during the transfiguration to prepare for Jesus by restoring keys of sealing power. God’s Provision for Elijah (19: 5 … When Elias prevailed over the priests of Baal, it was on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18:38), which later became known as Mount St. Elias. Start out with a “chariot race” where kids are working in teams of three. [153] The prophets reacted in such a way that makes sense if he was carried away, and not simply straight up (2 Kings 2:16). Review some of the significant events in Elijah’s life. The water divided to the right and to the left, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground. God miraculously reached hearts in Elijah’s day (1 Kings 18:37, 39) and in the days of John the Baptist. Elisha begged to receive some of Elijah’s power, and he watched to see if he would get it. Well, wicked Queen Jezebel had vowed to have Elijah executed. [159] Every Friday afternoon hundreds of Christians join in a procession through the Old City of Jerusalem, stopping at 14 Stations of the Cross as they identify with the suffering of Jesus on his way to crucifixion.. Their route is called the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrows). Every kids church ministry deserves the very best resources for teaching God’s Word, even when they don’t have the financial resources. 2 Peter 1. [107] The modern folklore is not good evidence for the origin of the association of the sun, Elias, and mountaintops. (July 1984) 28.2 pp. Ecce Homo Arch . The prophet was on the run, fleeing for his life. May God continue to bless and use you. Set up a blue cloth to serve as the river Jordan. "Thurston, Herbert. Elisha then picked up Elijah’s mantle — which had fallen from Elijah — and struck the River Jordan and it again parted (2 Kgs 13-14). [108] Perhaps Elias is simply a "natural patron of high places". Today’s texts bring to mind both the suddenness of Elijah’s transporting from the earth in a fiery chariot and his reappearance in the glowing transfiguration event with Jesus. 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. We believe that God is the loving Father of all kids. Elijah, a biblical prophet is one of the most interesting characters in the Bible. After the shepherd asked his identity Elijah said that, he was the one who sent him rain to get him a good profit from farming. One hadith reported that Elijah and Khidr met together every year in Jerusalem to go on the pilgrimage to Mecca. Gray, John. Long Beach, CA: Fragments West/The Valentine Press, 1985. That means no permission is needed as long as you credit this Ministry-To-Children.com in the final work. [138], Elijah has been the subject of legends and folktales in Muslim culture, usually involving his meeting with Khidr, and in one legend, with Muhammad himself. Why did Jehovah give him that awesome demonstration of divine power? Then he took hold of his garment and tore it in two. At the end of his life, God told him how he could train a new person to take over His work and make sure the word of God continued to spread. xlvii. Elijah's narrative in the Qur'an and later Muslim tradition resembles closely that in the Hebrew Bible and Muslim literature records Elijah's primary prophesying as taking place during the reign of Ahab and Jezebel as well as Ahaziah. “Get out of here, baldy!” they said. Copyright © 2007-2020 Ministry-to-Children. [155] This is also a possible explanation for some variation in manuscripts of Josephus' Antiquities of the Jews when dealing with this issue. [121], Detractors of Mormonism have often alleged that Smith, in whose time and place the King James Version was the only available English translation of the Bible, simply failed to grasp the fact that the Elijah of the Old Testament and the Elias of the New Testament are the same person. [131], Elijah is mentioned in the Quran, where his preaching is recounted in a concise manner. Discuss his conflict with the wicked king and queen and how God cared for him by the river. [127] Elijah's figure has been identified with a number of other prophets and saints, including Idris, which is believed by some scholars to have been another name for Elijah,[128] and Khidr. Either the letter was written before he went to heaven and delivered by a messenger on earth (unlikely), or Elijah was "caught away" as was Philip from the Gaza Road to Azotas, (about 17 miles. Baptist scholar H. H. Rowley rejects both views. We believe that children and parents benefit from a  strong Christian education program in the church. Wright, p. 314; Epiphanius, "Hæres." ; Targ. Yer. And he went and did according to the word of Jehovah and went and dwelt in the Wadi Chorath east of the Jordan. xxv. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints acknowledges Elijah as a prophet. In this setting, as Elisha approached Bethel, no less than 42 “little children” came “ out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head ” ( verse 23 ). (If you have already discussed Elijah, this can be the final follow up). On Jan. 4, LifeWay released Shirer’s latest Bible study, Elijah: Faith and Fire . Mary Hamilton, "The Pagan Element in the Names of Saints". Will I find that you punish me although you know that I give up sins for you? Then, take a balloon or two (helium-filled) and let it go to watch it float into the air. [125] Elijah is rarely associated with Islamic eschatology and Islam views Jesus as the Messiah. "There is evidence that Elijah was back on earth after he was taken away in the whirlwind: It can be shown that a letter was received by Jehoram, King of Judah, from Elijah, after Elijah was taken to heaven. [151] Robinson dismisses the suggestion of naphtha with the view that the priests of Baal would have been aware of the properties of naphtha. Will I find that you punish me although you know that I stay awake all night just for you?" It was Elijah! Part of Elijah's Hill on the grounds of Jordan's baptism site, where tradition says the Prophet Elijah ascended to heaven in a chariot of … 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. Further, It is narrated in Kitab al-Kafi that Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq was reciting the prostration of Ilyas (Elijah) in the Syrian language and began to weep. The initial call of Elisha is instructive. Balkwill, F.H. Lenhoff, Gail. God is calling people today back to true worship—worship of God alone. And he went on to Mount Carmel and from there returned to Samaria. [116], Elias has other pagan associations: a modern legend about Elias mirrors precisely the legend of Odysseus seeking a place where the locals would not recognize an oar—hence the mountaintops.[117]. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys. 147–63. We are people who believe in stories and how stories can change the world. A Mosque in the area of Medina, possibly: This page was last edited on 30 January 2021, at 10:10. [120], People to whom the title Elias is applied in Mormonism include Noah, the angel Gabriel (who is considered to be the same person as Noah in Mormon doctrine), Elijah, John the Baptist, John the Apostle, and an unspecified man who was a contemporary of Abraham. The challenge to the priests of Baal had the two-fold purpose of demonstrating that the God of Israel was greater than Baal, and that it was he who was the giver of rain. Wheel of faith…invite students to decorate a “steering wheel” decoration to hang in a car, in a room, or on a door. The Tree of Life: This sermon speaks about the tree of life in both Revelation and Genesis. For many Christians this prophecy was fulfilled in the gospels, where he appears during the Transfiguration alongside Moses (Matthew 17:9–13). "[136], Muslim literature and tradition recounts that Elijah preached to the Kingdom of Israel, ruled over by Ahab and later his son Ahaziah. Please use our childrens ministry curriculum and Sunday School material for any purpose that brings honor to Jesus. When he said to his people: "Will you not fear God? Old Testament Library, I & II Kings, SCM Press, London, 1964. It is HIS divine will that young people come to faith in Jesus Christ and find salvation through the Gospel and the work of the Holy Spirit to bring them … [111][112][113] Perun is also sometimes conflated with the legendary hero Elijah of Murom. "Stories of Elijah and medieval Carmelite identity.". [139] In Islamic mysticism, Elijah is associated closely with the sage Khidr. 14 He took the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and struck the water with it. Since Wachsmuth (1864),[106] the usual explanation for this has been that Elias was identified with Helios, who had mountaintop shrines. Zachariah was the father of John the Baptist, who is referenced as "Elias, which was for to come" (Matt 11:14); and Elias is said to have been present and talked to Jesus at the Transfiguration on the Mount (Matt. Is it hard and intimidating? Rickman, Gregg. -2 Kings 2:19-22. Alternatives have been proposed for many years; for example Adam Clarke (d. 1832) treated it as a discussion already of long standing. He alternately demonstrates victory and defeat, followed by recovery. It is HIS divine will that young people come to faith in Jesus Christ and find salvation through the Gospel and the work of the Holy Spirit to bring them to faith. [126] However, Elijah is expected to come back along with the mysterious figure known as Khidr during the Last Judgment. (Tough Questions Kids Ask #2), Back to School (Sunday School Lesson) Armor of God, “Back to School ” Children’s Sermon (Jesus, the Sin Eraser), “Back to School” Object Lessons (School Supplies Backpack). Aphraates, "Homilies," ed. His ministry was the dawn of that gospel of which Christ's preaching was the sunrise] of Jesus [Our Lord's name as a human being; it means "Saviour"] Christ [Though this is also sometimes used as a name, it is in reality our Lord's title. In the Quran, God praises Elijah in two places: Peace be upon Elijah! “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. 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Malcolm must have known, moreover, how antagonistic it would appear to partner, as he did, with Elijah’s son Wallace to investigate Elijah’s sexual infidelities. Traditionally Christianity interprets the "Son of Man" as a title of Jesus, but this has never been an article of faith and there are other interpretations. In this lesson, we see him turn over the responsibility to Elisha and then take off to heaven, away to the sky without having to die. 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 Jordan played a large role in Jesus’ life. J. Theodore Bent, "The Sun Myths of Modern Hellas". It reveals God’s love and His requirements. Since Elijah served before the time of Amos, it may be that Amos was reminding Israel … Shop new, used, rare, and out-of-print books. Passage: 2 Kings 2 The names Elias and Elijah refer to one who prepares the way for the coming of the Lord. In Estonian folklore Elijah is considered to be the successor of Ukko, the lightning spirit.[115]. This is evident by the promises and principles of 1 Timothy 2:1-8, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Psalm 33:12, and Proverbs 14:34, and by the national decay we have witnessed in our nation over the past 30 years. Provide each student with string, paper, and decorative materials, along with a caption that has the verse and “God is steering my chariot” (or similar cheesy comment). Two students are in the back holding one hand on the shoulder of the student in front. 1. Further interpreting this quote, some Christians believe that Elijah was not assumed into heaven but simply transferred to another assignment either in heaven[153] or with King Jehoram of Judah. 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