The prophet Elijah was a Tishbite, and he was from the land of Gilead in Israel (about 20 miles south of Galilee).
Because of the wickedness of Ahab, King of Israel (as well as his father, grandfather, great grandfather, great great grandfather etc., all the way back to ) the Lord caused a drought to come upon the land. When God wanted to end the drought He sent Elijah to the King. Meanwhile Jezebel the wife of King Ahab had killed all of the Lord s prophets out of the land. Only 100 prophets were saved by the hand of Obadiah (1Kings 18:4)
When the King saw the prophet, he accused him of troubleing Israel. The then, went in on the King, and told him, "Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of
After meeting at Mt. Carmel Elijah pleaded with the people, "How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if
"Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under:
The prophets of
Then because of the senselessness of what was happening Elijah mocked the of
And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them (v.28).
They prayed and shouted and prophesied (notice how even-though they are false prophets, they still prophesied) until the evening (about ) and "...there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded." (v.29)
With the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD, and dug a trench around the altar.
Next he put the wood in order, cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood. The prophet then had the people fill 4 barrels with water, and pour it on the bullock, and on the wood. (v.30-34)
And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water. (v.35)
After his dramatic effect was felt, the man of God began to pray:
, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.
Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again" (v.36-37).
"Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench." (v.38)
The people took them to the brook of Kishon, and there, Elijah killed them all.
And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel. (v.46)
1 Kings 18:1-46