Are You There?
1 Kings 17:1-16
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 fertility.
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 context.
Two ways to approach today's text. The message from Elijah, or the message for Elijah - emphasis on ''there''.
I. THERE WAS THE PLACE OF GOD'S PURPOSE. 1-4
God was about to prove the non-existence of
A. ELIJAH'S POSITION. 1
''As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand''
Boldness came from belief in a ''living God'' Elijah enjoys a relationship with God and dwells in communion w ...
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