David C Cook COVID-19 Response


Elijah: Prophet of Courage

Lesson 4 


Spring 2021


By: RLD Editorial Team 


March 28, 2021

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Lesson Focus:

Overcome your fears to do what God says.

Bible Basis:

1 Kings 18:5–18

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • None

Summary & Links:

Overcome your fears to do what God says.

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Music Video, Traditional: “Were You There?”
Music Video, Multicultural: “Were You There?”
Music Video, Contemporary: “Were You There?”
Guzik’s Commentary on 1 Kings 18
JFB Commentary on 1 Kings 18
Gill’s Exposition of 1 Kings 18

Memory Verse:

18 “I have not made trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “But you and your father’s family have. You have abandoned the Lord’s commands and have followed the Baals.
—1 Kings 18:18

Step 1

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On March 8, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden helped the U.S. State Department honor twenty-one women with the International Women of Courage Award. Seven of the women had been murdered in Afghanistan while serving their communities. The other fourteen were from were from Belarus, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guatemala, Iran, Myanmar, Nepal, Somalia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and Venezuela. They had all faced tremendous difficulties, and many had endured imprisonment, threats, and violence. “You see, courage isn’t really found,” Biden said. “It’s an intentional decision made.”

The prophet Elijah made an intentional decision to present himself before King Ahab, who was on a murderous rampage to locate him. Obadiah, the king’s official, also had to summon his courage to go to Ahab and promise that he would find Elijah in the place where Obadiah said he would be. If Elijah left or hid himself, Ahab would certainly have had Obadiah executed. But Obadiah trusted himself to the Lord and the prophet, and he led Ahab to Elijah, where an epic confrontation was brewing.


  • What’s the most courageous act you’ve ever witnessed or heard about?
  • How could you have done what Elijah (or Obadiah) did if you were in their position?
  • This is Palm Sunday—what courage do you think Jesus or others exhibited on this day?

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