Ahab and Jezebel
vineyard: farm for growing grapes.Lesson Handout Pages (.pdf) or use as lesson text
Craft: Sweet and Sour Grapes
Have the students make two bunches of grapes. Cut circles from purple and green paper and paste them on a sheet of paper. Add a brown piece as the branches. Make the circles big enough to write on. On the sweet bunch, name things we do that God likes: share, pray, love, be nice, etc. On the green bunch, name things that God dislikes, especially as demonstrated in the story: jealousy, envy, murder, lying, coveting, cheating, etc.
Discussion: Jezebel had a great deal of influence over other people, even though was not involved in Ahab and Naboth's discussion. Talk about how she incited Ahab, lied, threatened the men of the city to sin, got others to do her dirty work, and ultimately had a man killed to please her husband. How important was Ahab's choice of a spouse in his life? In Naboth's life? In the life of the nation of Israel? We must choose carefully those whom we spend a lot of time with. Our friends, companions, co-workers and spouses will influence not only our lives, but the lives of those around us as well.
Object Lesson: Fighting Jealousy How do we fight jealousy and greed? How do we fight discontent in our lives? Give each student a balloon. Tell them to blow it up, but not to tie it shut. On each balloon, write one of these terms: jealousy, envy, greed, discontent, self-pity... Then ask the students how we "take the air out of these feelings"? discuss how thankfulness and praise can deflate envy. Have students practice giving thanks for something, praising God for his qualities and gifts, and remembering happy times. Each time they do this, have them let a little air out of the balloon, until it is empty. Then talk about the danger of encouraging these feelings. Have them re-inflate the balloon. Then discuss how we sometimes brood over our self-pity, recount all the "injustices" in our lives, and avoid God and his word when we feel jealous. Have the students a more and more air into their balloon to symbolize these actions. Ask them what will happen to the balloon if we keep adding air? It will explode! the balloon becomes more and more vulnerable to even slightly sharp objects as it gets stretched thinner and thinner. Isn't this what happened to Ahab and Jezebel? Jealousy turned into murder! If we aren't careful, we can explode into harmful sin by nurturing jealousy and self-pity. Then have the students practice letting the air out again. These are skills we can learn.
Coloring page: Ahab asks to buy Naboth's Vineyard
1 Kings 21:25 “There was no one like Ahab, who sold himself to do what was evil in the sight of the Lord, urged on by his wife Jezebel.”
Sing: "The Fruit of the Spirit"
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