Loyalty to God - Elijah Questions and Answers - Form 1 Topical CRE

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QUESTIONS

  1.      
    1. Explain why Elijah was  uncompromising in his attitude to Baal worship
    2. What problems were faced by Prophet Elijah in Israel?
    3. State six reasons why Christians should fight against the spread of devil worship in the society.
  2.      
    1. How did King Ahab lead the Israelites away from the true worship of Yahweh?
    2. Show ways in which prophet Elijah tried to restore the true worship of Yahweh in Israel.
    3. What can Christians learn from the happenings at the Mt. Carmel contest about the, nature of  God.                                  
  3.      
    1. State five reasons that contributed to schism between Judah and Israel
    2. Explain the failures of King Ahab
    3. Give reasons why political leaders in Kenya failed to perform their duties effectively
  4.      
    1. Give seven reasons why Elijah faced danger and hostility in Israel
    2. List five forms of corruption in Kenya today
    3. Explain the relevance of Elijah’s prophetic mission to Christians today
  5.    
    1. Explain four effects of idolatry on the Israelites as a Nation.
    2. Give five reasons why some Christians have lost faith in God
  6.    
    1. Describe how King Jeroboam I promoted schism in Israel   
    2. Give five qualities in Elijah that may influence the life of a true Christian
    3. What lessons can Christians learn from the leadership of Prophet Elijah
  7.    
    1. Outline six reasons why Elijah faced danger and hostility in his work
    2. Identify seven lessons the Israelites learnt from the contest on Mt. Carmel
    3. What could Prophet Elijah condemn if he came to Kenya today?
  8.    
    1. Explain any four characteristics of the Canaanite religion.
    2. Give five reasons why it was difficult for Prophet Elijah to stop idolatry in Israel.
    3. Mention any seven factors that lead people away from the worship of God today
  9.    
    1. Discuss five factors that led to the contest at Mt. Camel
    2. Give five signs used by God to show that Elijah is the true prophet of God
  10.    
    1. Identify  five  practices of  idolatry during the time of Elijah
    2. Explain five challenges faced by Prophet Elijah in Israel
    3. With reference to Prophet Elijah explain how Kenya anti corruption authority (KACA) can help reduce corrupt in the society
  11. Explain how prophet Elijah fought against corruption among the people of Israel as ontained in 1 Kings 21.
  12.      
    1. Give reasons for Naboth’s refusal to sell the vineyard to King Ahab
    2. State what is revealed about the nature of God during the contest at Mount Carmel
  13.      
    1. Explain why Elijah was  uncompromising in his attitude to Baal worship
    2. What problems were faced by Prophet Elijah in Israel?
    3. State six reasons why Christians should fight against the spread of devil worship in the society.
  14. Mention how God revealed Himself to the Israelites during the time of Elijah.     


ANSWERS

  1.        
    1. He believed that only Yahweh was the Israelites God
      By worshipping Baal, people had broken the covenant law
      As the people worshipped Baal, they failed to recognize Yahweh as God and the Lord of everything
      The worship of Baal led to the killing of Yahweh’s prophets
      A lot of suffering had resulted from Baal worship
      Elijah had strong faith in God
      By condemning Baal worship, Elijah knew that he could put away the foreign ideology that Ahab was trying to bring in his rules
      Elijah believed that the people might turn to the covenant of faith
      Being a prophet, Elijah was against Baalism because it was his vocation(Any 7= 7x1=7mks)
    2. Elijah’s life was threatened by Izebel who swore to kill him
      Elijah suffered fear and had to flee to the wilderness
      Elijah was discouraged when it seemed that he was not achieving much
      Elijah got depressed and prayed for death
      Elijah suffered loneliness as he was the only remaining prophet of Yahweh
      At times Elijah lacked basic requirements such as food and water
      He was accused falsely by King Ahab as the troublemaker of Israel
      Sometime he doubted God (Any 7=7x1=7mks)
    3. Devil worship is against God’s commandments and Christians have a duty to fight it
      Because it advocates for human destruction
      It advocates for materialism as the guiding factor to man’s success
      Devil worship lead s to lack of faith and reliance on God
      Rituals involved in devil worship are dehumanizing
      Christians fight devil worship to warn people of God’s judgment if they do not turn back to him
      It instills fear on God’s people
  2.      
    1. He married a foreign wife.
      He allowed the worship of Ball.
      He built places of worship for Baal.
      He allowed Jezebel to kill Yahweh’s prophets.
      He allowed Jezebel to convert Israelites to worship other gods.
      He worshipped Baal.
      He allowed the prophets of Baal into Israel.
      He forced all Israelites to worship Baal.
    2. He pronounced the 3 ½ years drought.
      He courageously challenged King Ahab for being the cause of drought.
      He called down fire to consume the sacrifice as prove that Yahweh is true.
      He killed the prophets of Baal.
      He declared the end of drought by praying for rain.
      He challenged King Ahab for grabbing Naboth’s land and killing him.
    3. God is powerful.
      God answers prayers of those who believe in Him.
      God is the source of rain.
      Yahweh is true God to be worshipped.
      God does not tolerate idol worship.
      God is jealous.
      God is holy.
      God protects his servants.
      God provides for his servants.
      God expects Christians to be persistent while struggling against evil or injustice.
  3.      
    1. It was a punishment for Solomon’s sins
      Jeroboam had built two worship places at Dan and Bethel
      Solomon’s rule was oppressive in the form of forced labor, high taxes and slavery
      Rehoboam rejected the request of the people even after being advised by the elder
      Solomon’s great development in the South which brought tension between the Northern and Southern kingdom
      Solomon had also exempted the inhabitants of Judah from paying taxes
      Rehoboam’s oppressive rule
      Jerusalem city belonged to the Southern division
      Ten tribes preferred Jeroboam while two tribes went for Rehoboam
    2. He broke the first commandments by allowing idol worship
      He killed the prophets of God
      He allowed his wife Jezebel to bear false witness
      He coveted Naboth’s vineyard
      He killed Naboth/ broke law against murder
      He broke the law that forbids stealing
      He failed to protect the weak/ poor as demanded by the law
    3. Lack of leadership skills
      Lack of obedience in God
      Lack of faith/ trust in God
      Some of them were chosen through bribery/ corruption/ misappropriation
      Tribalism
      Conflicts among themselves on issues affecting the government
      They are not loyal to their leaders and subjects
      Failure to accept their mistakes and change for the better
      Lack of patience e.g. campaigning for residency in 2012 instead of serving the citizens
  4.    
    1. Elijah pronounced a three year drought in Israel
      He killed 450 prophets of Baal
      He boldly condemned King Ahab for taking away Naboth’s vineyard.
      He ran away in fear and hid in the wilderness where he was in danger of attack by wild animals
      In the wilderness Elijah faced starvation due to lack of water and food
      Elijah preached at a time when baalism was the official religion in Israel
      He got discouraged and nearly lost hope while I the wilderness
      He courageously identified himself with Yahweh in the midst of persecution of Gods prophets by Jezebel
    2. Tribalism /nepotism/genderism (discrimination)
      Bribery
      Cheating in business
      Stealing
      Misuse of public property of funds
      Grabbing of personal and/or public land
      Dishonesty
      Robbery with violence
    3. Church leaders should remains courageous and firm in condemning all forms of social injustice in society
      Christians should remain faithful to God even when faced with danger.
      Christians should not despair in their missionary work but learnt that God gives encouragement and providence.
      Christians should pray God in faith and God would surely answer them.
      Christians should advocate for the right of the poor.
      Christians should not give false evidence against their neighbours like Jezebel against Naboth.
      Christians should be persistent like Elijah in their struggle against injustice.
      Christians should be prepared to suffer and meet oppositions and rejection.
      Christians should avoid idolatry at all costs
      Christians should strive to live free from corruption
      It is the duty of Christians to call people to repentance.
      Christians should develop life skill that will enable them to make appropriate decisions
  5.    
    1. Israel suffered calamities eg 3 years drought.
      Israelites religion calendar of feast and celebration was changed to correspond with the times the Canaanites celebrated their feasts.
      Idolatry undermined the unity of tribes of Israel as some in Northern Kingdom could not visit Jerusalem for worship – worshipped at Dan and Bethel.
      High places used to worship of Baal were converted into Yahweh’s Shrines without removing the graven images of idols – this angered God.
      Their were bloody coups and counter.
    2. Believe their prayer are not answered.
      When they continue to suffer while those who are not prayerful prosper.
      Poor leadership in the church/Wrangles.
      Poor role models by church leaders
      Existence of false prophets
      Pleasure of the world
      Bad company /that moved them.
  6.    
    1. He brought polytheism religion in Israel by placing two Golden calves at Bethel and Dan
      He put two centres of worship at Dan and Bethel to stop Israel from going to Judah and worship in Jerusalem
      He made Israel to offer sacrifices to Baal-Hadad
      He built places of worship at Hillstops to emulate other nations
      He chose his own priests from ordinary families instead of getting them from the family of Levites in Judah
      He instituted religious festivals or feasts in the months of his choice to counteract the calendar of dates of the same in Judah’
      He burnt incense at the altar of idols breaking the first commandment
      He cut link with Judah by putting shechem his capital and fortified Penvuel from where he ruled Israel / He stopped Israel from going to Jerusalem
    2. Courage to condemn actions of Kings
      Loyalty/faith and trust n God
      He was prayerful and was rewarded
      he led a simple lie and stood for the right of common man
      He was just/protector of the covenant/law of God
      Christians may admire God’s intimacy with Elijah. God is providence like Elijah being provided with food/drink
      Christians may admire God’s intimacy with Elijah, God can communicate with Christians today
      Christians should not give false witness against their neighbours, like Jezebel with Naboth
    3. Christian leaders should remain courageous/ firm in condemning any form of social injustice in society like Elijah
      Christians should remain faithful/ loyal to God/ practiced monotheism just like Elijah
      Christians should not despair in their missionary work
      Should remain prayerful to God in faith and God will answer their prayers like Elijah at Mt. Carmel contest
      Should be persistent like Elijah was in their struggle against injustice
      Should not give false evidence against their neighbors like Jezebel and Naboth
      God is able to establish an intimate relationship with his faithful like Elijah
  7.      
    1. He had pronounced a three years drought in Israel.
      He openly condemned King Ahab for taking Naboth’s Vineyard.
      He hid in the wilderness where he faced dangers from wild animals.
      He killed 450 prophets of Baal.
      He starved for lack of food and water in the wilderness.
      By the time Elijah was a prophet, Baalism had become the official religion in Israel.
      He was greatly discouraged and lost hope.
      All other prophets had been killed expect Him.
      Jezebel swore to kill him the way he had killed the 450 prophets
    2. Yahweh is a living God.
      Yahweh is powerful.
      He is holy.
      He is faithful to his promises.
      He punishes those who break his laws.
      God forgives
      God answers prayers.
      God calls people to repentance.
    3. Bribery and corruption.
      Murder
      Violence
      Thuggery /robbery /theft.
      Suicidal acts.
      Rape
      Idolatry.
      Immorality.
      False accusation/witness
      Nepotism/tribalism.
      Misuse of public property
      Deceit/deception.
  8.      
    1.    
      • Polytheism
      • Nature god-relates to forces of nature
      • Family gods
      • Cyclic religion-seasonal gods etc
      • Gods’ - depicted in symbolic forms
      • Temple prostitution
      • Many places of worship
      • Ritual and sacrifices
      • Festivals
    2.    
      • King Ahab marriage to Jezebel
      • Jezebel wielded a lot of influence on Ahab
      • Ahab allowed the building of idol temples
      • There were false prophets in Israel
      • Ahab took part in the worship of pagan gods
      • Prophets of God were persecuted
      • Syncretism emerged
    3.    
      • Materialism
      • Permissiveness in society
      • Mass media
      • Corruption
      • Urbanization
      • Threats to human dignity
      • Confusion from religious pluralism
      • Oppression
      • Social immorality
      • Drug addition/ drug abuse
      • Scientific discoveries /technological innovations
      • Poverty
      • Education
  9.    
    1. King Ahab had build a temple for Baal worship
      He had personally participated in the worship of Baal
      Jezebel had ordered for the killing of Yahweh’s Prophets
      The serving prophets of Yahweh had gone into hiding
      Prophet Elijah had announced a three year drought because of Baalism
      Jezebel had introduced Baalism in Israel
      There was religious syncretism in Israel
      The Israelites had broken the covenant relationship
      Prophet Elijah wanted to prove that he was the true prophet of Yahweh
      The contest was the proof that Yahweh was to be worshipped
    2. The presence of the three year drought
      The increase of the flour/oil of the widow
      The healing of the Zarapheth widow’s son
      The great storm that marked the end of he three year drought
      The fire that came down from Heaven during the contest of Mt. Carmel
      The destruction of the Baal prophets sent to kill Elijah
      Elijah was fed by the Ravens on the way to mount Sinai
      Elijah was taken to heaven by Chariot of fire
      God appeared to Elijah in form of still calm-voice
  10.      
    1. There was polytheism/people worshipped many gods
      There was human sacrifice
      Priests, prophets ,prophetesses presided over all t he religious matters
      The people observe a festivals I honour of the gods and goddesses
      Shrines, altars and temples were built for the worship of the gods
      Rituals were performed in honour of their gods
    2. There was widespread idolatry/worshipping of false gods
      There was corruption and injustice as people rejected the covenant way of life
      There was religious persecution and hostility.(jezebel had put to death the prophets of yahweh) those who remained went into hiding)
      The people had abandoned the worship of yahweh and were practicing syncretism
      He faced opposition and even threats on his life from ahab and jezebel
      There were false prophets of baal and asherah brought by jezebel to promote false religion
      He had to face king ahab/challenge him for misleading his people
      He had to convince people that he was the true prophet of god
      He had to prove to people that Yahweh was the true God
    3. can help reduce corrupt in the society
      KACA should advocate for the return of the illegal acquired property
      KACA should ensure equitable distribution of national resources e.g. revenue and CDF money
      KACA should enlighten people to respects the low
      KACA should encourage people to report corruption cases
      KACA should take people who misuse there power for political and economical gain e.g. Ango leasing, Goldenberg to a court of law
      KACA official should be good role models and ensure they are also not implicated in case of bribery and corruption
  11. Naboth a farmer had a vineyard next to Ahab.
    Ahab coveted it and asked Naboth to sell it to him but he declined
    Ahab was disturbed that he fell sick. He could neither or drink
    Jezebel planned a corrupt scheme to ensure that Ahab possessed the vineyard
    Jezebel forged letters using the kings seal accusing Naboth for two great sins; blasphemy and treason
    The punishment for both mistakes was stoning to death
    Jezebel bribed some youth to be her witnesses against Naboth before all people
    Naboth was condemned to death together with his entire family who would have inherited the vineyard
    Ahab was a happy and took Naboth’s vineyard
    Elijah was angered by Ahab’s action and went to the palace and declared God’s judgement on Ahab and Jezebel (
  12.        
    1. Naboth refused to sell his vineyard to king Ahab because the land belonged to God. He is the rightful owner.
      The land belonged to the family. It was an ancestral property which an individual had no right to sell.
      Land was inherited from one generation to the next generation. It could only be rented out but not sold.
      Naboth respected the Mosaic Law which gave guidelines on Land Issue. Naboth did not want to disobey God.
      Because land was given to the Israelites to settle on. It was not meant for sale.
      It was Naboth’s only piece of land and it was very beautiful.
    2. God is all-powerful/Almighty.
      God hates evil thus destroys evil and punishes sinners.
      God is jealous, does not entertain rivalry or worship of false gods.
      He is faithful to His servants and to His promises.
      He answers prayers.
      He is caring, does not want his people perish.
      God is in control of nature.
      God requires obedience to Him from human beings.
      He is a wonder – working God.
  13.    
    1. He believed that only Yahweh was the Israelites God
      By worshipping Baal, people had broken the covenant law
      As the people worshipped Baal, they failed to recognize Yahweh as God and the Lord of everything
      The worship of Baal led to the killing of Yahweh’s prophets
      A lot of suffering had resulted from Baal worship
      Elijah had strong faith in God
      By condemning Baal worship, Elijah knew that he could put away the foreign ideology that Ahab was trying to bring in his rules
      Elijah believed that the people might turn to the covenant of faith
      Being a prophet, Elijah was against Baalism because it was his vocation(Any 7= 7x1=7mks)
    2. Elijah’s life was threatened by Izebel who swore to kill him
      Elijah suffered fear and had to flee to the wilderness
      Elijah was discouraged when it seemed that he was not achieving much
      Elijah got depressed and prayed for death
      Elijah suffered loneliness as he was the only remaining prophet of Yahweh
      At times Elijah lacked basic requirements such as food and water
      He was accused falsely by King Ahab as the troublemaker of Israel
      Sometime he doubted God (Any 7=7x1=7mks)
    3. Devil worship is against God’s commandments and Christians have a duty to fight it
      Because it advocates for human destruction
      It advocates for materialism as the guiding factor to man’s success
      Devil worship lead s to lack of faith and reliance on God
      Rituals involved in devil worship are dehumanizing
      Christians fight devil worship to warn people of God’s judgment if they do not turn back to him
      It instills fear on God’s people

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