The Altar of Elijah


To make a craft of the altar of Elijah, all you will need is some white self-hardening clay and small pebbles. Roll the clay into the shape of an altar, like a short cylinder. Press the pebbles into the clay. You’re done! How easy was that? And great fun for all ages!

Now you are ready to tell the story of the altar of Elijah, found in I Kings 18:20-39. The priests of Baal try to get their god to accept their offering by having fire come down from heaven. It never happens, even when they cut themselves to indicate that they are dedicated to their god. Elijah insults them by telling them to yell louder, that maybe their god is taking a nap.

the-altar-of-Elijah-2Finally at the end of the day, it’s Elijah’s turn. He tells the people to pour four pitchers of water on top of the altar three times, as well as digging a trench around the altar. The entire trench is full of water. He prays once, and fire thunders down from heaven, consuming the entire sacrifice and licking up all the water. The people fall down on their faces and say, “The Lord, He is God!”

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4 Responses to “The Altar of Elijah”

  1. Cindy says:

    What a cute little altar. If I had kids, I would be all over this craft!

  2. Loretta says:

    That is one of my favorite Bible stories, and what an adorable way to teach this story to children!!!

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