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Elijah: The Rumble on Carmel (6 of 14)
Series: Kings on Parade
1 Kings 17; 18
This evening we are looking at one of my favorite passages in all of the Bible.
Let me introduce to you the three main characters. These are three of the most familiar characters in all of the Old Testament. First of all Ahab, who is the king of Israel. He is described for us in chapter 16, verse 30, when we are told that he did evil above all the kings that were before him.
R. G. Lee, the great preacher of Memphis, Tennessee, a number of years ago, introduced Ahab this way. He called him that vile toad who sat upon the throne of Israel.
The second character is familiar also, Jezebel. A name that is famous in Bible history. Jezebel is the wife of Ahab. She is a devout, fervent missionary for Baal. She has decided that she will replace the worship of the Lord God Jehovah with the worship of Baal. About 850 of the prophets of Baal are on state financing. She has determined that she will convert by conquest. By means of violence she will stamp out the worship of the Lord God and establish the vile sex cult of the religion of Baal.
The third character is Elijah. Elijah, one of the great prophets of God. You will discover as you study through the kings and history of the children of Israel, that when there is apostasy in the land, when the people have wandered away from the Lord, God invariably sends His prophets with messages of warning.
Sometimes the prophets are unnamed. At other times the prophets are named. On this occasion, the prophet is named. It is Elijah. Not just any prophet, but THE prophet Elijah. In the Old Testament, when we are gathering the contents of the Old Testament, when we want to describe the law and the prophets, we are invariable told it is Moses representing the law and Elijah representing the prophets. Elijah was with Moses on the mountain of transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ. John the Baptist was compared to the prophet Elij ...
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