Day 16: Elijah; The Lord is God
1 Kings 17:1-16, 18:17-46
I absolutely love this passage. Elijah a prophet of God was not afraid to tell others that their false belief in Baal would have no reward. He proposes that two bulls are to be sacrificed, and then challenges the people of Israel to come to Mount Carmel and see for themselves who the one true God is. The challenge: the people who believe in Baal- call on your gods, and prophets to light the bull on fire at the sacrificial alter , and I will call on the one true God, and we’ll see who’s bull gets light on fire first!
I mean – if there was ever a time for God to show up – this was it!
So the people of Israel call on Baal and nothing. So what does Elijah do? Taunts them saying, Oh, maybe you should pray louder – maybe he’s on vacation – or relieving himself. (Yes folks – this is in the Bible!)
Fast forward to Elijah’s turn, he says, “O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant. Prove that I have done all this at your command. O LORD, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.”
Immediately the fire of the LORD flashed down from heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even licked up all the water in the trench! And when all the people saw it, they fell face down on the ground and cried out, “The LORD—he is God! Yes, the LORD is God!”