by Robert Walker

Elijah's God Liveth
Robert Walker
1 Kings 17:1

These were terrible times in Israel a nation that had been so wondrously and gloriously touched by God. However, they had turned to idolatry and now they had an extremely wicked king who leads the entire nation astray. (I kings 16:30-33

So God sent a message to the king of Israel through Elijah the prophet. I Kings 17:1

Elijah is one of the most colorful personalities found in the entire Bible. Here in 1 Kings Chapter 17, he appears suddenly upon the scene, he doesn't have a huge introduction, and not a lot is said about his life previous to here in this passage. He comes on the scene during some of Israel's most troubling times.

One writer calls him God's lightening in the dark days of Ahab's rule, because Elijah suddenly appears and almost as mysteriously he disappeared into the sky.

But sandwich in between his entrance and his exit, Elijah left an indelible mark etched upon his time. Elijah is mentioned more times in the NT then any other OT character, at least 30 times.

The name Elijah means, "The Lord is Yahweh." "The Lord is God. Elijah had not bowed his knee to Baal. He love God supremely and want only to obey the Lord.

That probably is one reason that Jezebel hated Elijah so much. He not only opposed her god in person, but every time his name was mentioned she was reminded of the true God that she opposed.

Elijah the Tishbite is recognized in the New Testament as one of, if not the greatest of the Old Testament prophets. In Matt. 17:1-3 we see Elijah standing on the Mount of Transfiguration side by side with Moses.

James in James 5:17-18 uses Elijah as an example of the power of prayer when it is prayed by a righteous man.


1 Kings 17:1

And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand; there shall not be dew nor ...

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