This week my blogging is down but energy is up as Resurrection hosts Vacation Bible Adventure. I am so excited with all the volunteers who add their passion, gifts and strengths to transform Resurrection into a Pandamania Jungle as together we learn about God’s creation, Elijah’s contest, Jonah’s trip, and Peter’s denial. I am working with a talented seventh grader Adam Behnken and creative Micki Fredin to tell the Bible stories each day.
This morning we retold Elijah’s contest with the 450 prophets of Baal (see I Kings 18). The people of Israel were waffling in their allegiance to the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Elijah. So Elijah challenges the prophets of Baal to a contest. Each would prepare an altar with sacrifice, but neither would bring fire. They would each call upon their god to light the sacrificial fire.
First the prophets of Baal tried to coax their god to send fire upon their altar. Like those ancient prophets, the children and I shouted, danced and called for the fire, but nothing happened. Then the children imitated Elijah and prepared an altar with stones, wood and a sacrifice of “chocolate.” They even doused the altar three times with water, just like Elijah. But just before they called down God’s fire, a firefighter (with the initials JVK) entered to stop any fire from happening. We did not want to burn the church down with it. Instead we retold the ending of I Kings 18.
Elijah cried out, “O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known this day that your are God in Israel, that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your bidding.” Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering, the wood, the stones and the dust, and even licked up the water that was in the trench. When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The LORD indeed is God; the LORD indeed is God.” (I Kings 18:36,38,39)
Where or when have you experienced God’s power?
Almighty God, send the power and fire of your Holy Spirit into our lives.