03. Will we be cowardly or courageous?

Obadiah, courageous in face of possible death, risked being killed for obedience to God. An excellent role model, he respected the position of his wicked boss.

Doing right when it’s easier to do wrong

Obadiah was afraid, but he did the right thing

Read: 1 Kings 18:1-16

  1. Where was Elijah going when he met Obadiah? (He was going to see King Ahab — verse 1)
  2. Where was Obadiah going? (He was going through all the land looking for grass where the horses and mules could eat (verse 5)
  3. Why were they having a hard time finding pasture land for the animals? (verse 3)
  4. Who was Obadiah? (verse 3)
  5. What was Obadiah’s attitude toward God? (verse 3, 12b)
  6. What did Obadiah do to 100 prophets of the Lord when Jezebel wanted to kill them? (verse 4, 13)
  7. Why was Obadiah afraid to tell King Ahab that Elijah was come into the land? (verse 7-16 — King Ahab had been seeking everywhere for Elijah. Obadiah was afraid Elijah would leave before King Ahab could see him. Then Ahab might kill Obadiah because he let Elijah get away.)
  8. When Elijah promised to stay, what risk did Obadiah take in obedience to God’s command through the prophet Elijah? (He told Ahab even though he could have been killed if Elijah had decided to leave.)
  9. Obadiah loved God, but his boss, King Ahab, did not. Was Obadiah obedient and respectful to his wicked boss? (Yes — verse 5,6)
  10. Should we respect those in authority if they don’t always do what is right? (We can respect their position, and we can be obedient as long as we are not asked to do wrong ourselves.)

Next – Lesson 4: Who is to blame?

I chose the Contemporary English Version as the default translation for Lessons from Elijah. Its easy reading and accurate translation make the CEV an ideal version for children. For more information, see A Bible for children.