Week 18   Day 5


Elijah thought he was the only one left

            who was faithful to God 

but then we read

            there were 7000 other citizens of Israel

            who refused to worship Baal

            and remained loyal

            to the faith of their fathers.



Water is a precious commodity

            in arid Israel 

During a drought so much more so 

Elijah must have been

            an extremely commanding presence

            in order to get people

            to pour their water away 

For Elijah, pouring water out

            was an extreme expression

            of his faith

            that God was going to make it rain.



                                        FIRE AND RAIN
         The contest between Baal and the God of Israel

                                       was no contest.
                                             I Kings 18


     1The word of the Lord came to Elijah, in the third year, saying,

"Go present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the earth." 

17When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said, "Is this you, O troubler

of Israel?"  18He answered, "I have not troubled Israel, but you

and your father's house have.  19Now gather all Israel to me

on Mount Carmel, the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal,

and the four hundred prophets who eat at Jezebel's table."

     21Elijah came to the people, and said, "How long will you

falter between two opinions?  If the Lord is God, follow Him;

but if Baal, follow him."   The people answered him not a word.             

    22Then Elijah said, "I alone am left a prophet of the Lord;

but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men.  23Therefore

let them give us two bulls; and choose one bull for themselves,

cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it;

and I will prepare the other bull.  24Then you call on the name

of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord; and the

God who answers by fire, He is God."       

    26So they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. 

But no one answered.  28So they cried louder until evening. 

29But there was no voice; no one answered.

     30Then Elijah repaired the altar of the Lord.  32With twelve
stones he built an altar; he made a trench
around it.  33He put
the wood in order, cut the bull in pieces,
laid it on the wood,
and said, "Fill four water pots, and
pour it on the burnt sacrifice
and on the wood."  34He said, "Do it
a second time," and they
did.  "Do it a third time." 
So water ran all around the altar, and
filled the trench. 
36At evening, Elijah came near and said,
"God of
Abraham, let it be known this day that You are the Lord
and that You have turned their hearts back to You again."

     38Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt

sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it
up the water that was in the trench. 

     41Elijah said to Ahab, "Get up, eat and drink; for there is
the sound of abundance of rain."  43Elijah said to his servant,
"Go up now, look toward the sea."  He looked and said, "There
is nothing."  Seven times he said, "Go again."  44The seventh
time the servant said, "There is a cloud, as small as a man's
hand, rising
out of the sea!"  45Then the sky became black
with clouds and
wind, and there was heavy rain. 
               This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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