Day 15 – Bowing Down


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Today’s reading: 

“I have made not trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “You and your family are the troublemakers, for you have refused to obey the commands of the Lord and have worshiped the images of Baal instead. Now summon all Israel to join me at Mount Carmel, along with the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah who are supported by Jezebel.”

So Ahab summoned all the people of Israel and the prophets of Mount Carmel. Then Elijah stood in front of them and said, “How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!” But the people were completely silent.

Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only prophet of the Lord who is left, but Baal has 450 prophets. Now bring two bulls. The prophets of Baal may choose whichever one they wish and cut it into pieces and lay it on the wood of their altar, but without setting fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and lay it on the wood on the altar, but not set fire to it. Then call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by setting fire to the wood is the true God!” And all the people agreed.
 
Thoughts to discuss: 
  • How can you tell if something is a false god in your life? What are some Baals that have captured your heart? 
  • Write down your Baals – your false gods – on little slips of paper. If you have a fireplace, toss paper in the fire. If not, crumple them up and throw them away. Thank God that He is the one real God who is worthy of your worship. 
  • As you hang today’s ornament on the Jesse Tree, tell God that you choose to worship Him alone.