Paige opens her series on Elijah and Elisha by telling how many felt overwhelmed by this topic. (She made me smile when she quoted one, “I can’t even find the books of Elijah and Elisha!”) But she promised to make it as simple as stirring batter.
I don’t know about that, but I will tell you her teaching is the best I’ve ever heard. But it is a lot. This first session is 75 minutes and she promises to be shorter next week. (We will see!) But soooo good. You don’t need to read more from me, you just need to listen carefully and take notes. I’ll throw out questions, but skip any you don’t understand. What matters is you listen and share as you can.
I will divide her lecture into 5 segments. You can do one daily (and take a God Hunt break on Sunday) or do several at a time. The first two days are a lot, and then it gets lighter. She explains she is doing two lectures at once. Here is the You-Tube link. She doesn’t actually begin the lecture until almost minute 9.
Day 1: Thursday: Overview – Part A.
Paige spends two days on a vital overview of how to read Scripture. She says some people say, “I don’t know where you get all this — because I read my Bible and I don’t see it.” It’s like the two on the road to Emmaus. They didn’t get it until Jesus gave them the context. Paige explains the context for seeing the Old Testament.
Watch from Minute 9 to Minute 24 and journal on your own
- What is the purpose of Old Testament histories — and what is not the purpose?
- Paige said the way we approach Scripture reveals much about ourselves. What did she mean? How do you approach it, honestly?
- There are big clusters of miracles in four main places in biblical history — catch where they are. What is their purpose?
- What was her point with the Tiger Woods Poster story?
- What else stood out to you and why?
Day 2: Friday: Overview – Part B.
Watch from Minute 24 to Minute 47 and journal on your own.
All these historical displays show us what God is like.
6. What are some examples of miniature judgments in Genesis that point to final judgment?
7. She divided history into Abraham, David, and then Elisha and Elijah. What did they have in common?
8. What point did she make when people say all these kings and prophets just run together — they are all alike. (She gave an illustration of her brother taking a history exam.)
9. She said when you have the worst kings, the prophets become more important. Why?
10. What do you learn about King Ahab, the king during Elijah’s time? (1 Kings 16:29-33)
11. What are these terrible kings intended to make your heart long for?
12. Why does all this history matter to us? (She gave an illustration from Keller’s marriage book and also a story from The Lincoln Highway about a hobo named Ulysses.)
13. Other comments or observations?
She ends this section with someone who said they were going out West to find themselves. She hoped they took a Bible.
Day 3: Saturday: The God Who Pursues in Justice (Elijah Introduced)
Watch from Minute 47 to Hour 1 and Minute 1.
13. Read 1 Kings 17:1-16 and summarize in a few sentences.
14. Why is this simple introduction of Elijah (verse 1) surprising?
15. What does this introduction tell you about where Elijah stands?
16. Paige said that sin is always its own judgment. If you spend all your time on what your body and house looks like, how will you pay for that? Can you think of another example?
17. We belong to a God who pursues us even when we are deep in sin — God has sent a prophet. How has He pursued you in your times of backing away from Him?
18. What else stands out to you from this section?
Day 4: God Hunt Sunday
19. How have you experienced the risenness of Christ this week?
Day 5: Monday: The God Who Provides for Elijah
Listen from 1 Hour 1 Minute to 1 Hour 12 Minutes
20. Read 1 Kings 17:17-24 and summarize what happens.
21. What does the widow believe is the reason for her son’s death? Why does it seem so strange that God does this?
22. What does Elijah do — and why is this amazing?
23. What else stands out to you?
Day 6: Tuesday: The God Who Stretches Out for Us
24. Listen to the last few minutes and share whatever stands out to you and why.