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Bible Focus - Sunday 8th February 2015

posted 15 Feb 2015, 13:56 by Richard Bradley   [ updated 15 May 2015, 23:34 by St.Serfs Tullibody-Clacks ]

1 Kings 18:17-39 THE SHOWDOWN ON MT. CARMEL

This passage has it setting when the spiritual tide in Israel is at an extremely low ebb. The people have, for the most part, turned their backs on the Lord and have gone after the Canaanite god Baal. It is against this backdrop of apostasy and idolatry that the prophet Elijah strolls onto the stage. His message from the Lord is a clarion call for repentance and for a renewal to loyalty to Jehovah. The odds may look stacked in the favour of evil, but Elijah is about to experience the truth that one plus God is a majority.

V. 21-24 THE DILEMMA OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD

They were torn between two ideas and as a result, they were accomplishing nothing! (Compromise or Christ)

(take a stand for nothing, leads to falling for anything!)

- Elijahs admonition is direct and to the point. He tells them that they have to make a choice!. False gods come and go. However, one thing remains the same, God

25-38 THE DEMONSTRATION OF THE POWER OF GOD

The Futility of Following Baal - No matter in What dress "baal" appears, it is futile to follow such paths. All day long the prophets of Baal prayed and cried out to their god. Yet, they received not so much as "small still voice." Elijah saw the folly of what they were doing and mocked them, v. 27. This sent them into a frenzy. But, when the smoke had cleared and the dust of their activity had settled, Baal was still as dead as he had ever been and they stood humiliated and defeated before the lone prophet of God.)

Any god. Other than Jesus, are all dead and can do nothing for those who cry out to them,

30-37 The Faith Of The Prophet

After the prophets of Baal had finished with their vain attempts, Elijah stepped forward. He pours Water over the sacrifice and the wood and the altar. He did this to remove all doubts as to who was to get the glory for that which was about to happen. Then, He stepped forth and prayed a simple prayer and the fire of God fell from Heaven and consumed every part of the sacrifice. Elijah served a God who moves in response to His people's righteous prayers.

v. 38 The Faithfulness Of The Lord

God responded to the cry of His servant and gave Elijah just what he asked God to do. When human kind says – "My God can!" God always responds to that kind of faith!

(Rev. William Izett)


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