by Daniel Rodgers

Woe Is Me
Daniel L. Rodgers
1 Kings 19:2-4

INTRODUCTION: Elijah was God's prophet to the Northern Kingdom of Israel. His story is one of the most intriguing stories in the Bible. He was a miracle worker; he raised the dead, called fire down from heaven, brought a 3-year drought, called for rain and God brought the rain. When he left this life he went out in a blaze of glory; God took him to heaven in a fiery chariot. It says in 2 Kings 2:11b, "Behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them[he and Elisha] both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven."

Ahab was king of Israel at the time...he was a wicked king. He had turned the hearts of the people from God to worship the false god, Baal. It says in (16:30), "And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord above all that were before him."

We remember the account of the ensuing contest between Elijah and the prophets of Baal, when he asked God to send fire from heaven. God answered his prayer. Fire fell from heaven, consuming the sacrifice, the altar of wood, and the water that had been poured over and around the altar. Elijah then killed all 850 of the false prophets.

News had come to Jezebel, the wife of Ahab, that Elijah had killed her prophets...she became furious--sending a message to Elijah: "Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.

The response from Elijah was not the response we would have expected. Instead of standing the power and strength of the Lord, the Bible says of Elijah, "He himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers."

With that background, I want to give you three points to our outline this mornin ...

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