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Monday, June 13, 2011

Bible Lesson Activities: Elijah and the Prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18:17-40

Here a couple of activities you can do with your class when teaching the Bible account when Elijah proves to the people that the idol Baal is not real and that God is the only true God by challenging them on Mount Carmel to build an altar and see which god sends fire to the altar. Of course, Baal was unable to start a fire because he was just a manmade idol while the one true God was able to start a fire in Elijah's altar (1 Kings 18:17-40).

1. During the part when the prophets of Baal are building an atar, allow your students to build their own altars from blocks of caramel candies. This will also help them to remember where this challenge took place. Let them see that the altar was still standing at the end. Then, tell them to build Elijah's altar. Here, you can add red hots to the altar to represent the fire that God sent.

2. Let your students make necklaces from some sort of string, such as yarn, and "0" shaped cereals to help them remember that there are zero other Gods besides the one true God.

3. You can sing this songs I found by Teddy Butler Copeland to the tune of "All Around the Mulberry Bush":

The Prophets of Baal called for fire, called for fire, called for fire
The Prophets of Baal called for fire, from morning until evening

Baal did not send the fire, send the fire, send the fire
Baal did not send the fire, because he was an idol

Next it was Elijah's turn, Elijah's turn, Elijah's turn
Next it was Elijah's turn, to set up an altar

The people poured the water on, water on, water on
The people poured the water on, the altar and the trench

Elijah prayed to God for fire, God for fire, God for fire
Elijah prayed to God for fire, to show His mighty power

Fire came down and burned them up, burned them up, burned them up
Fire came down and burned them up, the altar and the water

All the people worshiped God, worshiped God, worshiped God
All the people worshiped God, Because He is the True God.

Hope you are able to use this in your class! My 3rd and 4th graders had lots of fun with it.


  1. Stumbled across your blog online, while I love your dedication to God, I cannot help but feel off put by your extremism. The way you write can be scary, and left me questioning whether I was really a Christian.

  2. Anna,

    First, I must say that I love your comment, "left me questioning whether I was really a Christian". This is exactly the kind of soil that God wants us to be. Paul says, "Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves." (2 cor 13:5). What you are doing is completely what God wants you to do. As we read and study, God wants us to look at ourselves and see if we are really doing what He tells us to. His final comment in that verse reads, "unless indeed you are disqualified". As you read and study, do you find that you are not meeting the qualifications that God describes for us to be Christians? God wants us to examine ourselves to make sure that we are not disqualified. If we feel disqualified, we need to repent and turn back to being the Christian that God wants us to be.

    Being a Christian is certainly much more than some people in this world would like to teach... and for the very reason you mentioned at times-- they want numbers at their churches. They don't want to turn people away from attending. People oftentimes aren't willing to let go of self and let go of this world the way that God wants us to when we become a Christian (Rom 6:1-9- the old person with worldly lusts is now dead).

    While of course necessary, true Christianity involves much more than simply believing that Jesus died on the cross for us (James 2:14-26). If being a Christian is always easy for someone, they probably aren't doing it right.

    All I write is what the Bible teaches, and you can read the scriptures listed throughout each article for yourself to see that the Bible really does say those things. Being a Christian is not always fun, it's not always popular, and it certainly is not always easy. But why do we do it anyway?

    We love Him. And it is what He wants us to do. We don't know His reasons, but we know that He is much wiser than us and knows what is best for us.

    "Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it" Luke 11:28

    AND KEEP IT. We can't just be hearers. We have to do what it says.

    I would love to study with you further on this matter if you are interested. My email is

  3. Love these ideas! I have a rambunctious crowd of 3rd-5th graders who need lots of hands-on help to remember stories. So glad I stumbled across your blog.

  4. Amber - I added a link to this post on my blog - Thanks so much for sharing such fun ideas.