Sunday, December 13, 2015

Jesse Tree: Day 17, Showing God's Power

Scripture: 1 Kings 18:17-24, 36-39 

Symbol: Fire and Altar

Reading: The people of Israel had forgotten to worship God. Instead, they were worshiping a false god named Baal. God sent his prophet Elijah to remind the people about the true God. But the people didn't want to listen to Elijah. So Elijah offered to show the people God's power. He prepared a sacrifice, and the prophets of Baal prepared a sacrifice. The prophets of Baal prayed that their god would send fire to burn the sacrifice, but of course the false god did nothing. But when Elijah prayed, God sent fire.
The Israelites had forgotten God, until God showed them a miracle. God still does miracles today, but we need to remember God even if we don't see miracles. Our God is a great God; we need to praise God at all times.

Talk about: What are some things you can do to praise God?

Prayer: We praise you, powerful God, for all that you have done for us.

Activity: As a family, do something related to a fire. Sit around a fire place, grill out for lunch or dinner or make a camp fire. Talk about the alter and fire.

*The symbol and devotions are from The Reformed Church of America and you can use this link to find what I have used and more at their advent site. 

A copy of the directions to make your own Jesse Tree are here and the patterns for the symbols are here

To find a list of all the linked Jesse Tree posts click here

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