Old Testament
Lesson 28
“After the Fire a Still Small Voice”

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will encourage us to put God first in our lives and to find guidance and comfort in the words of the living prophet and the whisperings of the Holy Ghost.

Scripture references for study:  1 Kings 17–19
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Lesson 28 Handout (PDF)

Introductory Thought

President Thomas S. Monson told the following story:  "Born in poverty but nurtured in faith, [Jose Garcia] prepared for a mission call. I was present the day his recommendation was received. There appeared the statement: 'Brother Garcia will serve at great sacrifice to his family, for he is the means of much of the family support. He has but one possession--a treasured stamp collection--which he is willing to sell, if necessary, to help finance his mission.'
     "President [Spencer W.] Kimball listened attentively as this statement was read to him, and then he responded: 'Have him sell his stamp collection. Such sacrifice will be to him a blessing'."

When we put the things of God first in our lives, the rewards we receive are far greater than anything we have to sacrifice along the way. Elijah and the widow of Zarephath, received great blessings because they were willing to obey God, even when it was difficult to do so.

Elijah Seals Up The Heavens & Is Miraculously Sustained

As previously discussed, Jeroboam led the kingdom of Israel into idolatry. He and his descendants were eventually destroyed.

"And Elijah the Tishbite...said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word" (1 Kings 17).

READ 1 KINGS 17:2-5. Elijah given instructions for survival during the drought.

Because Elijah was obedient to the Lord, "the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook" (1 Kings 17:6).

READ 1 KINGS 17:7-13. Elijah goes to the widow.

READ 1 KINGS 17:17-22. The widow's son raised from the dead.

Elijah Challenges The Priests Of Baal

"And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth" (1 Kings 18:1).

READ 1 KINGS 18:19-21. Israel and the false priests gather to mount Carmel.

"Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men" (v22).

READ 1 KINGS 18:23-24. Elijah challenges the prophets of Baal.

Elijah Is Comforted By The Holy Ghost

Jezebel, Ahab's wife, was angry about Elijah's victory over the priests of Baal and was intent on having Elijah killed (1 Kings 19:1-2).

Elijah fled into the wilderness and in his frustration "came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers" (1 Kings 19:4).

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Elijah is a wonderful example of one who puts the Lord first in his life. His faith and devotion to the Lord, even in the most difficult of times, resulted in the Lord reaching out and blessing Elijah. Even in his deepest frustration, so great that he wanted the Lord to take his life, Elijah called out to the Lord in fasting and prayer. Elijah was blessed with the sweet, comforting spirit of the Holy Ghost. As we put the Lord first in our lives, no matter the circumstances, we will be blessed. We are also entitled, through our righteous living, to the comforting influence of the Holy Ghost.

See Resource Note 1:  Jewish Traditions About the Historical Elijah

Record your thoughts on Elijah. How does obedience invite the blessings of the Lord? What can you do to be more obedient to the will of the Lord.

Resources Used In This Lesson

Conference Reports (CR).

Encyclopedia of Mormonism edited by Daniel H. Ludlow.


Lectures on Faith by Joseph Smith.

Life of Heber C. Kimball by Orson F. Whitney.

Notwithstanding My Weakness by Neal A. Maxwell.

Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson.

That My Family Should Partake by Neal A. Maxwell.

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