1 Kings 19

1 Kings 19 has Elijah on the run again.  This time from Jezebel who was very unhappy about what Elijah had done.  She threatens the prophet and says “So may the gods do to me and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by this time tomorrow”.  Elijah does what any wise man would do – he gets out of there fast and heads to Beersheba where he left his servant there but he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a broom tree.  An angel came and woke and fed him and told him to prepare for a long journey.  “He arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mount of God”.

Elijah arrives and stays in a cave on the mountain.  And while there, “the Lord passed by as a great and strong wind….an earthquake….a fire….the sound of a low whisper”.  The Lord was not in the first three powerful showings, but He was there when the whisper came. Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave to talk with God.  God wants to know why he is there.  Elijah tells Him “I have been very jealous for the Lord, the God of hosts”.  Elijah missed convening with God.

Elijah goes on to explaine “The people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away”.  It’s been a rough time for a prophet.  They didn’t just disobey, it’s gotten far worse than that.  Elijah has been running for his life and isolated from pretty much everyone and everything, and he wants some time with God in peace.  God has some work for Elijah to do, so he hands out the assignments.

There were three pretty large tasks on Elijah’s plate from God:

  • anoint Hazael to be king over Syria
  • Jehu….you shall anoint to be king over Israel
  • Elisha….you shall anoint to be prophet in your place

This pretty much upsets the leadership all around.  God’s had quite enough.  Almost everyone has chased after Baal.  But God promises “I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him”.  And He prepares the next prophet that will follow to carry God’s message to His people.  Elijah obeys and comes to the place Elisha is farming. “Elijah passed by him and cast his cloak upon him”.  Elisha says goodbye and follows his new leader and mentor.  Change is coming!

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