“Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.”
1 Kings 18:37
Elijah the Tishbite, his name in Hebrew means “my God is YAHWEH.” From the village of Tishbe, in Gilead, was a friend of the outdoors (2 Kings 1:8, 9) and a great runner (1 Kings 18:46). He was a prophet who brought the message of the Lord to Israel, mainly during the reign of the wicked Ahab and queen Jezebel. The latter was a foreign who worshipped the god Baal and Asherah. When Jezebel oppressed and executed the true prophets of God, Elijah predicted a draught (1 Kings 17:1) as punishment for Israel’s idolatry (1 Kings 18:18). During this draught Elijah was fed by cravens by the brook Cherith (1 Kings 17:5, 6) and when the brook dried out he was fed by a widow (1 Kings 17:10-16). In a challenge on Mount Karmel the prophet proved that the Lord God and not Baal was the true God. He challenged Baal’s prophets to call to their god and told them: “the god who answers by fire is indeed God.” Baal’s prophets got no answer. Then Elijah poured water on the sacrifice three times, and he prayed and 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 (1 Kings 18:18-40). Then he slew the 400 prophets of Baal. Jezebel, king Ahab’s wife, then tried to kill Elijah and he fled through the desert as far as mount Horeb where God kept him forty days and nights (1 Kings 19:3-9). Before he was taken to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah returned to choose Elisha as his successor (2 Kings 2:1-11).
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