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Elijah and Ahab Reconnect

Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of rushing rain.”So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; there he bowed himself down upon the earth and put his face between his knees. He said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” He went up and looked, and said, “There is nothing.” Then he said, “Go again seven times.” At the seventh time he said, “Look, a little cloud no bigger than a person’s hand is rising out of the sea.” Then he said, “Go say to Ahab, ‘Harness your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’” In a little while the heavens grew black with clouds and wind; there was a heavy rain. Ahab rode off and went to Jezreel. But the hand of the Lord was on Elijah; he girded up his loins and ran in front of Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel (vv. 41-46).

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The Lord Wins

Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering, the wood, the stones, and the dust, and even licked up the water that was in the trench.When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The Lord indeed is God; the Lord indeed is God.” Elijah said to them, “Seize the prophets of Baal; do not let one of them escape.” Then they seized them; and Elijah brought them down to the Wadi Kishon, and killed them there (vv. 38-40).

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Burn!

At noon Elijah mocked [the prophets of Baal], saying, “Cry aloud! Surely he is a god; either he is meditating, or he has wandered away, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.”

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Law of the Excluded Middle

The Law of the Excluded Middle insists that 2 + 2 can’t both be equal to four AND not equal to four.

The prophet makes a similar challenge:

Elijah then came near to all the people, and said, “How long will you go limping with two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.”

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“You Troubler of Israel”

King Ahab pulls out the big insults here.

Elijah is not amused and says, “Right back atcha!”

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Risky Connections

Poor Obadiah is terrified to tell the king that he’s actually found the prophet Elijah.

Without him, Elijah would never have had the opportunity to defeat the prophets of Baal.

Categories: 1 kings, Ahab, elijah, Obadiah

Outline of 1 Kings 18

  1. Obadiah reluctantly connects Elijah with King Ahab
  2. Trash talk ensues
  3. Prophets of Baal fail
  4. Elijah succeeds
  5. Elijah commands King Ahab to eat and drink
  6. Elijah’s servant finally sees a rain cloud
  7. Elijah commands King Ahab to hurry home
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