Blessed for Faithfulness

Published: October 5, 2019

Blessed for Faithfulness, October 13, 2019

Memory Verse:

1 Kings 17:16 King James Version (KJV)

16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah..


Daily Scripture: Keep God’s commandments (Proverbs 3:1-10)

The Sunday School Scripture: Commanding the Widow - Stepping Out on Faith (1 Kings 17:8-10)

Question 1

Elijah was committed to following God and asks the widow for the impossible.  What does the widow’s commitment to obeying God teach us about faith?

Question 2

As soon as Elijah arrived, he asked the woman gathering sticks to bring him some water, not knowing if this was the correct person or not.  Why do you think elijah asked this particular woman in the first place?


Daily Scripture: On the Mountain with Jesus  (Matthew 17:1-7)

The Sunday School Scripture: Confronting the Fear - God Understands Our Needs (1 Kings 17:11-13)

Question 3

After hearing the widow’s assessment of her food and health situation, Elijhah still asks her for food.  Why do you think he does this?

Question 4

The widow had barely any food left for herself and her son, but she helped Elijah anyway.  What doe this account reveal about the way God can provide for us even when we think we have nothing left to give?


Daily Scripture: Prophetic Examples of Faithfulness(Luke 4:24-30)

The Sunday School Scripture: Confidence in God - Faithfulness Requires Risks Yet Incurs Blessings (1 Kings 17:14-16)

Question 5

At first, the widow is hesitant to obey Elijah’s request; she obliges anyway.  Why does the widow release her fear of not having enough and submit to the will of God?

Question 6

The widow lived in a culture that would not have recognized the one true God. What might her witness have revealed to those who encountered her during the drought?


Daily Scripture: Paul in Faithfulness Restores Life (Acts 20:7-12)


Daily Scripture: God-Sent Raven Feeds Elijah (1 Kings 17:1-7)

Dig Deeper:


Daily Scripture: Elijah Restores Life to Widow’s Son (1 Kings 17:17-24)


Daily Scripture:  Widow’s Faithfulness Rewarded (1 Kings 17:8-13)

Next Week’s Lesson: Faith Can Heal (Luke 17:1-10)

Lesson Aim:

BLESSED FOR FAITHFULNESS: By the end of the lesson, we will:

ANALYZE why the widow of Zarephath was blessed for her faithfulness todo as the prophet instructed her;

APPRECIATE that God rewards sacrificial faithfulness;

DEVELOP ways to support people and causes as acts of faithfulness to God;

Blessed for Faithfulness, October 13, 2019

Bible Truth

Elijah and a widow demonstrate their faithfulness to God’s direction

Background Scripture:`

1 Kings 17:1-24

Bible Basics

1 Kings 17:8-16


Life Need

When people are denied the necessities of life, they may give up hope.  What is the reward for faithful obedience in times of hardship? The widow of Zarephath faithfully ministered to God's prophet, and she was miraculously provided for throughout a time of famine.

Bible Learning

God rewards our obedience during difficult times.

Bible Application

Students who are obedient to God will experience His provision in their lives.

Student’s Response

Students must remain obedient to God’s call.

LESSON SCRIPTURES - 1 Kings 17:8-16

Light on the Word

Famine: Genesis 12:10; Genesis 26:1; Genesis 41:27; Ruth 1:1; 2 Sam 21:1; 1 Kings 18:2; 2 Kings 4:38; Haggai 1:11; Nehemiah 5:3;

Life Need

Aim: Students will seek to be faithful to God’s call as an act of obedience


True Worship


Aim: Students will be inspired by Elijah’s faithfulness to follow God’s call.

Point One:

Commanding the Widow - Stepping Out on Faith (1 Kings 17:8-10)

Point Two:

Confronting the Fear - God Understands Our Needs (1 Kings 17:11-13)  

Point Three:

Confidence in God - Faithfulness Requires Risks Yet Incurs Blessings (1 Kings 17:14-16)

Bible Application:

Aim: Students will demonstrate faithfulness to God even in the midst of challenging times.

Students’ Response:

Aim:  Students will not fear because the Lord provides, even in hard times.