The Lowdown on a Bible Showdown
1 Kings 18:17-21
August 21, 2005
1. THE CHOICE ELIJAH PRESENTED
A) The God of Eternity
B) The God of Humanity
2. THE CONTEST ELIJAH PROPOSED
A) The Conditions of the Contest
B) The Conclusion of the Contest
3. THE COMMAND ELIJAH PROCLAIMED
A) The God That Deserved Their Allegiance
B) The God That Deserved Their Obedience
One of the most famous showdowns in history was the showdown at the OK Corral on October 26, 1831 in Tombstone, Arizona. On one side was Wyatt Earp, his brothers Virgil and Morgan Earp, along with Doc Holiday. On the other side were Ike and Billy Clanton, Tom and Frank McLaury, Billy Claiborn, and Wes Fuller. The fight only lasted about 30 seconds, but it left its mark on history and lifted Wyatt Earp western legend.
In 1 Kings 18 we have probably the most famous showdown in the Bible. It is the showdown between Elijah and the worshippers of Baal. F. B. Meyer writes of this scene and Elijah: "This very day, by faith--not by any inherent power, but by faith--you shall see him (Elijah) subdue a kingdom; work righteousness; escape the edge of the sword; wax valiant in the fight; and turn to flight armies of the aliens. Nothing shall be impossible to him."1
The showdown was about more than Elijah and the worshippers of Baal. It was about the God of Israel and the false god Baal. It was a showdown that revealed the truth of the words of Isaiah, "That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else" (Isa. 45:6).
As we look at this great showdown I want to particularly draw your attention to verse 21 and the words of Elijah, "How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him." I want us to look at this great showdown by centering our thoughts around this statement. In these words we have the lowdown of this Bible showdown.
Let's begin by first ...
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