by Jerry Watts

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What Are You Doing Here? (2 of 5)
Series: Life's Important Questions
Jerry Watts
1 Kings 19:9-13

Questions. Important Questions. Life-Changing questions. In our first message of this series, we heard Elijah ask, ''How long will you limp between two opinions?'' To confront this question is to recall that 'no one can serve two masters - he has to make a choice.' What is of interest to us is that Elijah, God's fiery prophet, asks the people who were wearing God's name this question; while the question we ask tonight is a question God asked Elijah. This should remind every one of us in this place, that every time we ask questions of others, God has His own questions for us.

Before reading our text, let's be reminded of this back story. Elijah had asked the people 'How long' and then set up the contest between the Baals and Jehovah in a manner which, in human terms, put Jehovah at a disadvantage. I mean, to pour water on an altar which you were hoping to be consumed with fire doesn't make much sense to the human being. Most of us, might build an altar or even repair our altar to God, but more than likely, we'd be glad to pour some accelerant on the sacrifice so that God would not be held back by this world. (You get what I'm saying?)

The false prophets called, cried, and even cut themselves trying to get their gods to respond. Honestly, we won't go back and read the scripture which tells how bad Elijah was to the false prophets (so as not to offend the offendable), but he didn't hold back in his words. Suffice to say, nothing happened which brings about one of the saddest truths for mankind. We hear that 'it doesn't matter what you believe, as long as you are sincere.' On Mt. Carmel, the false prophets were sincere enough to spend time crying out to their god in the sight of thousands of people.

They even cut themselves to make the case for their sincerity. I Kings 18:29 says, ''No one answered and no one paid attention.'' Interestingly, we give ourselve ...

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