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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 God, 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 licked 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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