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Elijah-The Son of Thunder
Clarence E. Macartney
1 Kings 18:8
"Behold Elijah is here." But what of that? It can be
said of a vast number of people, "He is here," and it
would mean little or nothing whether he was here or
not. What difference would it make? The fact that they
were here would not rebuke evildoers or encourage
those who strive for the truth. It would not help or
guide, or warn, or cheer, or comfort, or inspire any
soul. But when you say, "Behold, Elijah is here," that
is a different matter. Elijah is here! Therefore let
idolaters beware! Let evildoers flee! Let tyrants
tremble! Let the discouraged and the disheartened take
courage. Let the hopeless have hope. Let all those who
have not bowed the knee to Baal rejoice and give
thanks. Behold, Elijah is here!
This sentence was spoken under circumstances that,
like all the incidents in the life of Elijah, were
most dramatic. It was three and a half years after
Elijah had pronounced the judgment of the drought upon
the idolatrous court and the people, and for three and
a half years it had not rained. The whole land
languished under the famine. The wicked King Ahab had
set out in one direction through the land and his
prime minister, Obadiah, who was a God-fearing man, in
the other direction to search for water and for
pasturage. As Obadiah was in the way, he was suddenly
confronted by Elijah who said to him, "Go tell the
king, Behold, Elijah is here."
Because of who Elijah was and the mighty Name in which
he spoke, to say, "Elijah is here," means that there
is the power and the presence of God in the life of
men and in the life of nations.
The Comfort and the Kindness of God
To say "Elijah is here," means that we have the
comfort and the presence of God in the hour of our
trial and sorrow. On one occasion our Lord took the
disciples apart into a desert place and asked them the
world's op ...
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