I love, love, love the boldness of Elijah in this chapter 18!
Let me share why with you.
Ahab is king and a bad king he is. In my humble opinion mean and scared as a snake.
But nonetheless king – with all the powers of the office.
And he’s shall we say so upset with Elijah that he wants him dead — graveyard dead.
Elijah knows this.
Does that stop him from confronting Ahab?
Read with me.
15 Elijah said, “As the Lord of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him today.”
16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him; and Ahab went to meet Elijah.
17 When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, “Is this you, you troubler of Israel?”
18 He said, “I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, because you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and you have followed the Baals.
19 Now then send and gather to me all Israel at Mount Carmel, together with 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of the Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.”
Pretty gutsy, don’t you think?
I’d like to be that gutsy!
But I am also mindful gutsy can fail.
Gutsy can get full of gutsy and crumble.
The Bible puts it take heed lest you fall — I think.
Let me look that up.
1 Corinthians 10:12
Perhaps you will use the link and read the verse in context.
GOD responded to Elijah.
Do you know the story?
Elijah vs the prophets of Baal.
I hope you will read the Chapter — GOD was faithful!
GOD also brings rain by the chapter’s end too.
If you read on into Chapter 19, Elijah keeps saying he’s the only prophet left.
His gutsy didn’t last.
And by the way, he was not the only Prophet left.
1 Kings 19:18 tells how many others had not bowed the knee to Baal.
Take heed lest we fall.
We are not alone.
GOD always has a People.
Let us pray for one another and seek each other out as the days grow darker — amen?