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February 10, 2019

We went through the account of Elijah & Ahab/the Prophets of Baal

1. Immediately in the chapter we see that an awful king (Ahab/1 Kings 16:29-33) is leading a rebellious people while enduring a drought. Why would people find it difficult to believe that “Yahweh is God” while in the midst of these circumstances?

2. Yet in the midst of this evil, Obadiah does right as we see beginning in v. 2. Pastor Nate talked about how a country is what it tolerates. He then asked us to consider what we might be tolerating that we need to address…so what are some things we need to address either personally, as a church, or as believers at large?

3. In v. 17 we see that Ahab calls Elijah a, “troubler of Israel”, and it highlights that spiritually bankrupt societies reverse righteousness & unrighteousness. How is this reversal seen in our culture today?

4. We then got to Elijah’s question to the people of Israel in v. 21…a question that points to a decision of allegiance. What are the things in our day that compete for our allegiance?

5. As the prophets of Baal are described through the chapter (v. 26,28-29), we see that they are sincere in their worship, even zealous. What are ways people can equate sincerity & zeal with being right before God? Why are sincerity & zeal not enough?

6. After the prophets of Baal have failed, Elijah prepares & does so according to God’s plan & purposes (v. 36-37). How does this act of God, both in consuming the offering & all that was included (v. 38) as well as turning the hearts of the people back to Yahweh, point to the strength & faithfulness of God? How does knowing God is strong & faithful give us confidence/hope today?

7. We ended by looking at v. 39 & the response of the people, “The Lord, he is God.” And we were asked: do we believe this? What changes when you go from seeing these events as just a story versus reality? 

8. When you became a person that truly believed that, “The Lord, he is God.” How were you changed?