04. Who is to blame?

Ahab led people to sin and the Lord sent famine to warn him to repent. The king assigned blame and pointed fingers at Elijah – teaching children to be accountable.

We shouldn’t blame others when we are wrong.

God sends famine to warn Ahab that he needs God’s help

Read: 1 Kings 18:1-16

  1. Why was Elijah going to see King Ahab? (verse 1 — God told him to.)
  2. Why do you think King Ahab had been looking for Elijah? (verse 10 — He knew the God Elijah served had sent the famine.)
  3. The Bible tells us why God sent the famine in the verses right before God told Elijah that he would send it. Just before God sent Elijah to the brook where the ravens would feed him, the Bible says: (Read 1 Kings 16:30-33.) Why did God send the famine? (King Ahab was leading the people into wickedness and God was trying to get him to turn back to God.)

Read: 1 Kings 18:17-18

  1. Who did King Ahab blame for the famine?
  2. Who was really to blame? (Ahab)
  3. Do you think Ahab deep down knew he was responsible?
  4. How does this apply to us?

Next – Lesson 5: How can we know what is right?


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.