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005. Elijah defeats Baal’s prophets on Mt. Carmel

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This brief drama shows how Elijah overcomes stress and loneliness to serve God.
About 5 minutes, from 1 Kings 18-19

Participants (No need to memorize lines; the aim is to relive sacred events,
not to perform)
   Elijah
   Ahab
   Jezebel
   Prompter       Shout a brief line, and echoes repeat it.
   Echoes           Children and all adults who want to take part. Echoes need no script.

Ahab

How dare that rebel prophet Elijah defy me?
I am Ahab, King of Israel!
Queen Jezebel, what shall I do?

Jezebel

Send your servants to go kill Elijah, Ahab!

Prompter and Echoes

How wicked!

Jezebel

Elijah has angered Baal and our other gods;
he attacks our idols! Elijah has brought on this drought.
You must find him!

Elijah

There is no need to search for me, King Ahab.
I have come to you.
You have turned all Israel away from God,
and have caused this drought and famine.

Prompter and Echoes

Idols fill the land!

Elijah

Let us have a contest to see who worships the true God.
Bring to Mount Carmel all of Baal’s prophets.

Ahab

Very well! I will gather all Israel to watch the fun.

Jezebel

Ha! Elijah, you alone are left among Jehovah’s prophets,
and Baal’s prophets number 450! You are a fool!

Prompter & Echoes

Hateful queen!

Ahab

Now, all Israel has gathered on Mount Carmel.
Let the contest begin, Elijah.

Elijah

(Shout) Hear me, people of Israel!
If the Lord is God, then follow him;
if Baal is God, then follow him.
Both the prophets of Baal and I will cut up an ox
and lay it on an altar as a burnt offering.
The God who answers by fire, he is God.

Ahab

Look! Baal’s priests have slain their ox and lain it on the altar.
Watch them leap, scream, and cut themselves,
begging Baal to answer by fire.
They keep shouting “Baal, hear us!”

Jezebel

Cry louder!

Prompter & Echoes

Hear them scream!

Elijah

Yes, call louder!
Maybe Baal is busy, or on a journey, or napping.

Prompter & Echoes

The heavens remain silent.

Ahab

Look. Elijah all alone is repairing the altar.

Elijah

Pour water on the offering and the wood.

Prompter & Echoes

Lots of water!

Elijah

Now do it again!

Prompter & Echoes

The offering is drenched!

Elijah

Now come to me, all of you, and I will pray.
God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
let this people know that you are God.

Jezebel

Oh, help! Fire is falling!
It consumed the ox and the wood!
It has licked up the water!

Ahab

Well, now! Servants, seize Baal’s lying prophets.
Let Elijah slay them!

Elijah

King Ahab, I hear the roar of heavy rain;
the drought is over.

Jezebel

Elijah, you have slain Baal’s prophets
who have dined at my table.
I swear to the gods, I will kill you!

Prompter & Echoes

Elijah is in trouble!

Elijah

Jezebel’s threat makes me panic, and I flee.
I run for days. I leave my servant in Beersheba,
and I go out alone way into the desert.
Fear, fatigue and loneliness now overcome me.

Prompter & Echoes

It’s your own fault!

Elijah

Dear God, Israel has forsaken you; only I still serve you.”

Prompter & Echoes

You’re not alone, Elijah.
5,000 faithful Israelites have not bowed the need to Baal.

Prompter & Echoes

5,000!

Elijah

The Lord scolds me for my foolish fear, pride and pouting.
I was stupid to leave my servant behind, and go on alone.
Frustration, fatigue and foolishness
brought on my aching loneliness.

Prompter & Echoes

God has the remedy.

Elijah

The Lord sends me to work with people again.
He assures me that he has always been with me.
Now I know that I have never been alone!

Prompter & Echoes

Never alone!