"And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word."
(1 Kings 17:1 KJV)
Elijah stood up boldly for Our Awesome God in a time when idolatry had swept his Israel. In fact, his name means "My God is Yah(weh)." The false god he opposed was Baal, the favorite deity of Jezebel, wife of King Ahab of Israel (869-850 BC). To please Jezebel, Ahab had altars erected to Baal, and allowed the queen to murder God's prophets.
The Scripture above is the first mention of Elijah in the Bible and he was telling King Ahab of a coming drought because of the prophets they have killed and the altars to Baal he had built. Elijah is told by Our Awesome God to run to the Brook, Cherith to escape Queen Jezebel's wrath and where God has told the ravens feed him ( 1 Kings 17:6-7). When the Brook, Cherith dried up, God sent him to a widow in Sidon whom he helped and stayed with. He brought the widow's son back to life with God's help (1 Kings 17:22). God was using Elijah even as he was in hiding from Queen Jezebel and King Ahab. Elijah was slowly being taught to depend completely on God for all his needs and wants.
After three years of drought, Our Awesome God sent Elijah to King Ahab in Samaria where there was a famine. Elijah spoke with King Ahab of Israel, telling him to gather 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of the groves (Asherah,) and send them to Mount Carmel with all Israel (1 Kings 18:19). The Bible doesn't say whether Ahab knew God was going to challenge Baal or even lift the drought or not.
Notice that King Ahab didn't argue about gathering the people Elijah asked him to bring to Mount Carmel. He did everything Elijah asked because nothing else had stopped the drought and famine. Had he learned that Our Awesome God is Supreme? Read our website tomorrow, 5/21/16, when the conclusion of this incident with Elijah will be told in "#2 Heavenly Fire" or you might just read 1 Kings, chapter 18. Reading the Bible and praying are very important to Our Awesome God and God's children.
If you are a Christian who has strayed away from Our Awesome God or someone who has never been a Christian or a person who needs to help minister to others, join us at Living Word Baptist Church on Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and at 10:30 AM for Praise/Worship Service. At 6:00 PM Sunday evening, we have a Bible Study. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and Bible Study along with a separate Women's Bible Study, a Spanish Bible Study and Youth Chapel until 8:00 PM. We love visitors! We welcome all people and love them!
Flo & Bill