Showdown at Mount Carmel

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Bible Story: Elijah and the Prophets of
Baal

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Scripture: 1 Kings 18:16-40

The Scene: a desert

The Simple Setup: You’ll need no furniture on
the stage; an open area where it’s easy for your actors to move
around is best.

For Extra Impact: Provide cowboy hats and
bandannas for the main characters.

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The Characters

Narrator: a cowboy storyteller

Ahab: a boy to play the bad guy

Elijah: a boy to play the hero

Children of Israel: children willing to bow

False Prophets: children willing to dance

After you’ve assigned the roles of Ahab and Elijah, form the
rest of your children into two groups: the Children of Israel, and
the False Prophets.

As the skit begins,
Elijah is at stage left and everyone else at stage right. Tell
children that this is a Western version of what happened; they’re
to speak with a Western drawl.

Start the “Elijah and the Prophets of Baal” track on The Humongous Book of Bible
Skits for Children’s Ministry
CD (track 19). Set your CD
player on “repeat” so the track repeats.

Narrator: Sometimes you’ve just gotta show
people the TRUTH. That’s the situation ol’ Elijah found himself in.
The people of Israel had turned their backs on God and were
worshipping false gods, and God figured to use Elijah to get their
ATTENTION. Our story opens with King Ahab callin’ out Elijah.

Ahab: Elijah! Is that YOU, you old
troublemaker?

Elijah: It shore enough is, you sidewinder.
You’ve been leadin’ the people away from God and causing all the
trouble YOURSELF.

Ahab: I’m the KING! How dare you talk to me
like that?

Elijah: Dare? That’s a grade-A idea you got
there. I’m callin’ you OUT, Ahab! Go round up your prophets of Baal
and meet me up on Mount Carmel for a showdown.

Ahab: You think you can take on my 450 prophets
all by YOURSELF? You been sittin’ in the SUN too long, old man!

Elijah: You’re right-those odds are too good.
They ain’t fair. Tell you what, pardner: Bring along ANOTHER 400
prophets who work for that other false god you worship. What was
his name again?

Ahab: You mean Asherah?

Elijah: THAT’S the one-but after our showdown
his name is gonna be MUD! God will show you who’s in charge around
here. Now git!

Narrator: The day of the big showdown came. The
Children of Israel-a big crowd of them-had gathered. They all
wanted to see the showdown because they knew the odds were 850 to
one. Yep-850 false prophets on one side, and Elijah on the other.
Those false prophets were ORGANIZED, too. They all had on black
hats and wore black boots, because they were the BAD guys. But
Elijah wasn’t worried. He knew GOD was on his side.

Elijah: You first, sidewinders. Set up your
altar, choose a sacrifice, but don’t set fire to it. Then you do
what you gotta do to get your god to set the fire himself. You do
that, you win.

Narrator: So, the 850 prophets built an altar
out of rocks. Then they put wood on the stones. Then they cut up a
bull, put the bloody pieces of meat on the wood, and started to
shout. They shouted…

False Prophets: O Baal, answer us! O Baal,
answer us!

Narrator: From morning to about high noon, they
shouted and hollered, and there was nothin’ doin’. No fire. Elijah
started teasing the false prophets.

Elijah: I’m not sure he can hear you! You may
want to speak up a bit. Maybe he’s taking a siesta and he’s asleep.
Or maybe he stepped out and headed off to the saloon. Or maybe he’s
not a god at all!

Narrator: That really got under the false
prophets’ skin. They danced around the altar, shouting louder. Some
of them even cut themselves with swords and spears to show how
serious they were. Finally, Elijah had his fill.

Elijah: Enough lollygaggin’. You’re wasting’ my
TIME! This has been quite a show, but it’s MY turn now.

Narrator: The false prophets collapsed in a
heap. They were sweaty, and thirsty, and tired. But Elijah took 12
stones, one for each of the 12 tribes of Israel, and he stacked
them together to make an altar. He piled some wood on top of that,
then put his cut-up meat on top of the wood. Then Elijah dug a
DITCH around the altar and had some Children of Israel pour water
over the whole shootin’ match three times. There was so much water
that the ditch was full. Then Elijah stepped back and made an
announcement.

Elijah: Most of you think I’m plumb crazy
soakin’ the sacrifice, but I want to make sure you understand
something: There’s only one God in these here parts, and Baal ain’t
him!

Narrator: Elijah raised his head toward the sky
and prayed.

Elijah: Lord, please answer me so these here
people know you are the ONLY law in these here parts. And Lord,
show them that you love them, even though they have been slinking
around with other gods besides you.

Narrator: At once God sent fire from the sky,
and not only was the sacrifice burned up, but also the wet wood,
the 12 stones, the soil around the altar, and every last drop of
water! God wasn’t foolin’ around! He wanted to show everybody that
he meant BUSINESS! The Children of Israel fell to the ground and
worshipped God.

Children of Israel: The Lord-he is God! He is
the law in these here parts!

Elijah: Well, I’m glad we got THAT settled.
Take them prophets of Baal prisoner, and don’t you let any of them
get away! Take ‘em down to the Valley of Kishon and hang ‘em high.
We don’t want their kind around here NO MORE!

To Talk About

• Describe a time you let something get between you and God.
What was it? What happened?

• What would it take to prove to you that God is who he says he
is?

• Have you ever stood your ground as a Christian when the odds
seemed stacked against you?

Topical Tie-Ins

Right and Wrong, Peer Pressure, Standing Up for God

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