Our God is the only God, yet we so often run to our idols, and so we limp through life. This week is the famous contest between the true God and Baal. Elijah has complete confidence in whom the winner will be. Last week Paige said every “hero” in Scripture is not to be worshipped, but is raising his hands, pointing us to worship and trust the real God. She told about seeing a giant size poster in a friend’s home of Tiger Woods.
Not thinking they were huge fans of Tiger Woods, she said, “Tell me about this photograph.”
Her friend said, “Isn’t that a great picture of Doug?” Paige looked closer and way back in the corner of the crowd she saw her friend’s husband, one of many, raising both hands in praise to Tiger.
That’s how we should see every “hero,” like Elijah. They are little people raising their hands in praise to our great God.
And how clear that is this week.
Thursday: The Setting
Read 1 Kings 18:1-15
A. Contrast the goals of Obadiah and Ahab. (verses 1-6)
B. What is Obadiah’s fear and how does Elijah reassure him? (verses 7-15)
Click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIXtjlGA1Ok and watch to 14:39 where she says pick up with me in verse 16.
2. Paige reviews the setting and gives some principles for Biblical interpretation.
A. What does she remind us about all the kings in the Northern Kingdom and about Ahab?
B. What do we learn about God through his bringing Elijah and Elisha at this time?
3. We must understand what a passage means before we can apply it.
A. What do you find out about God through His sending Elijah at this dark time and how is this relevant to us?
B. She said Elijah is not about giftedness, but about faithfulness. How does this apply to you? (Be specific)
4. What was her point about her story of the inebriated cousin looking for a “real woman?”
Friday: How Long Will You Limp?
5. Read 1 Kings 18:16-21
A. What does Elijah ask Ahab to do and why?
B. Paige said a good translation of verse 21 is how long will you hobble? How has running after an idol caused you to hobble or limp?
6. Listen to Paige up to minute 31 just after she says “We are all following what we think is most true.”
A. The Israelites were trying to follow God and Baal. How do we do that with our idols?
B. What did Paige say is our rival religion? How does this apply to you?
I wish I could hear her lecture at the school that warned her not to offend anyone but to be inclusive! It reminded me of when Mother Teresa was told not to speak about abortion at the National Prayer Breakfast and it was the first thing she addressed. Paige’s courage showed a victory over the idol of approval.
C. Why does she say we cannot just “like” God?
D. Baal was a specialist who didn’t claim authority over whole life. In contrast, what does Matthew 6:24 say?
E. Paige said we can’t get away from “You are what you eat.” What did she mean? How does this apply to what or who we worship?
F. What was her point concerning her conversation with the college student who said, “At least I know what is right.”
G. Has anyone ever asked you, “Can I do _______________and still be a Christian?” If so, how did you or how would you answer?
Saturday: Facing Delusions
Baal’s speciality was fire, throwing thunderbolts of fire. So Elijah is going to have God take Baal on in Baal’s area of expertise.
7. Read 1 Kings 18:22-27
A. How many prophets will call to Baal? How many to God?
B. Baal was the God of fire — what is the irony here?
C. When Baal does nothing, what does Elijah suggest his followers do? (verse 27)
8. Listen to Paige up to minute 45:08 after she gives David Powlison’s definition of idolatry.
A. The contest is to show the people if the choices they are making are the right choices. For whatever choices you are making for your life in parenting, finances, eating, whatever, you should ask, “Is Jesus the Son of God?” Why should you ask that?
B. What was her point with her story of a night at the lake with friends and the girl who didn’t want to stop playing a game until she lost to Paige?
C. How did Elijah stack the deck in Baal’s favor?
D. God loves to be at a disadvantage to show He wins. What examples from Scripture did she give?
9. Is there an idol that you are finding victory over? How has God shown Himself so much better than that idol?
Sunday: God Hunt Sunday
10. How are you or have you experienced the risenness of Christ this week?
Monday: Follow the Frenzy
11. Read 1 Kings 18:28-29 and describe the frenzy.
12. Listen from 45:08 to 57:08 when she says “You have to go looking in a completely different place for the problem.”
A. The New Testament switches from the language of idols to the language of desires, and often they are good things that have taken the rightful place of God. How has that been true in your life?
B. She says a sure way to find your idols is to follow the frenzy. How have you seen that with an idol in your life — you expected to meet your need, but it didn’t, and you are undone. Give examples.
C. Why was there no answer from Baal? (verse 29)
D. Calvin said our hearts are perpetual idol-making factories. Is that true in your life? How has an awareness of this helped you?
E. What are some ways you can help your children when they are in a frenzy about an admission letter, a friend, or a sport?
F. What devastation has come to your life as a result of following an idol?
G. Does anything else stand out to you?
Tuesday: Where The Fire Fell
13. Read 1 Kings 18:30-39
A. How does Elijah pray? (36-37)
B. What happened and how did the people respond?
14. Listen to the end of Paige’s lecture.
A. Where did the fire fall, and where didn’t it fall? How does this relate to Jesus?
B. What did she mean when she said “God does not forgive sin, He forgives sinners?”
C. Contrast what our idols ask with what God asks.
D. What stood out to you from her reading of The Silver Chair?
15. What is your takeaway and why?