ARE YOU THERE?
I Kings 17:1-16
April 6, 2003
INTRODUCTION: "Elijah" - His name means "Whose God is
Jehovah" or "the Lord is God." His ministry
corresponded to his name. He was sent by God to
confront Baalism and to declare to Israel that the
Lord was God and there was no other.
It was the darkest days in Israel's history when
Elijah, the prophet of the living God, entered upon
his public ministry. Baalism was a morally rotten,
vile, sensual, cruel religion that made immoral sex
acts a religious exercise. Baal was a heathenistic,
pagan god who was supposed to control rain and
Elijah's message to King Ahab, which demonstrated
great faith in the Lord and declared great
denunciation for Baal, did not inspire honors from the
king or from most of Israel. The special work of the
prophet is to arouse the consciences, and confront the
hearts of God's people in a day of ruin. First, to
awaken the failing people of God to their
responsibilities by applying the Word of God to their
consciences, and second, to encourage the faithful by
lifting their thoughts above the ruin in which they
find themselves, and comforting hearts with the
glories yet to come.
Fifty-eight years had passed since the kingdom had
been split into the Northern and Southern Kingdoms.
During this period seven kings had reigned, all,
without exception, wicked men.
Jezebel was one of the major leaders in apostasy.
Public worship in Israel had vanished. Idolatry was
universal. Apparently Baal lived and Jehovah had
ceased to be. This is a brief synopsis of the
Two ways to approach today's text. The message from
Elijah, or the message for Elijah - emphasis on
I. THERE WAS THE PLACE OF GOD'S PURPOSE. 1-4
God was about to prove the non-existence of Baal.
A. ELIJAH'S POSITION. 1
"As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand"
Boldness came from belief in a ...
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