"And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water...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." (1 Kings 18:35, 38 KJV)
Elijah set down the challenge from Our Wonderful God. The time of decision had come. In each of our lives we have the same decision to make as to whether we follow God or not. But Ahab and all the people of Israel were summoned to Mount Carmel to meet with God. The invitation was also extended to the rabble that called themselves "prophets of Baal". The Bible tells us that there were 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of the groves (Asherah), a total of 850 against Our Wonderful God.
They met at Mt. Carmel. The scene was set and the challenge was issued. "And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, 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." (1 Kings 18:21 KJV). Elijah did not leave open any other options. There were only two alternatives, just as there are only two alternatives today. (We follow Our Wonderful God or we follow Satan. There is but one God and, because it was void, He spoke and created the universe: from the inanimate objects to the animate objects, He created it ALL.)
Then Elijah asked the Baal prophets to set up their altar to Baal, take their bullock and prepare it on the altar and then call for fire to burn it. The prophets of Baal called their god from morning until the time of the evening offering but nothing happened though they yelled, danced and cut themselves. No answer! Nothing happened!
Elijah cut his bullock, put it on the wood and then had them pour water all over the meat, wood and altar, three times, even filling the trench he had made around it. Then Elijah prayed to Our Wonderful God and God sent a fire to consume the burnt sacrifice, the stone altar, even the dust and all the water, including in the trench -- all were consumed (1 Kings 18:38). Immediately, the people made their choice!!
What did he do next? He became a great prophet! See you here tomorrow for,
"#3 Elijah Is Stressed."
Join us at Living Word Baptist Church on Sunday morning (9:30 AM) with Bible Study then Worship Services (10:30 AM), and the entire time the nursery is open for infants and toddlers. There is a children's church during the morning Worship. An Hispanic congregation, El Faro, holds a Worship Service at 1:00 PM in Spanish. At 6:00 PM we have an evening Bible Study (in English) along with AWANA clubs for children throughout the school year. Wednesday evening we meet for Prayer Requests and Bible Study at 7:00 PM. Come sing in our choir. We practice at 5:00 PM on SUNDAY. We love visitors and would enjoy meeting you and telling you about Our Wonderful God.