Friday, June 4, 2010

¡THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE PROPHET ELIJAH! VOLUME I


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 Jeroboam) 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 man of God 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 Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel s table" (1Kings 18:19).

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 Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.  Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal s prophets are 450 men."

"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:
 
And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken"  (1Kings 18:21-24).




















The prophets of Baal went first. They prepared the sacrifice and prayed to their god from morning until noon. They cried out, and leaped on the altar, but nothing happened (v.26).

Then because of the senselessness of what was happening Elijah mocked the false prophets of Baal. He said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked (v.27)

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 6pm) and "...there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded." (v.29)




Finally, Elijah called the people near, he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down, he grabbed 12 stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob (unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name).

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:
"LORD God of Abraham, 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).




And his prayer was answered,
"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)

When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and confessed the Lord.  (v.39)


Elijah, the prophet of the Lord then told the people Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. (v.40)

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)

May the Lord add a blessing to the reading of His word...


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Additional Scriptures


1 Kings 18:1-46
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