by J. Gerald Harris

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Revival on a Mountain (3 of 5)
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
I Kings 18:30-40

Elijah, the prophet of God, challenged 450 of the prophets of Baal to meet him on the top of mount Carmel. As we pull back the curtain on this Old Testament story, a dramatic scene unfolds. Elijah, the rugged prophet of Jehovah God, stands on one side with the fire of the Lord in his eyes. The 450 prophets of Baal stand over against Elijah, sneering at the lone prophet of God. Thousands of curious onlookers are gathered on the slopes of the mountain, eagerly anticipating the spectacle that is about to take place.

Before Elijah issues his challenge to the prophets of Baal, he turns to the people of Israel who are gathered all around, and he says, "How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word."

The Hebrew word that is translated "halt" is also translated "totter." The people were not walking uprightly. Sometimes they "tottered" over to the side of the God of Israel. But then at other times they "tottered" like an intoxicated person over to the side of the false god Baal.

They were in a quandary. They feared Jehovah, and therefore they did not want to totally abandon Him. But they didn't want to lose favor with king Ahab and queen Jezebel, so they embraced the religion of the state and worshipped Baal also. So Elijah upbraided them for their inconsistency and their fickleness.

Then Elijah turns to the prophets of Baal, and he says, "Now we will both prepare a bullock for an offering." He said, "We will put no fire on the altar. There will be no fire under the bullock." Then notice the challenge in verse 24a (read). You know the story of how the prophets of Baal called on the name of their god from morning till noon. They prayed and they cried and they leaped upon the altar, and they cut themselves with knives until their own blood poured out upon them. Notice verse 29 (read). So, at the ...

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