Elijah’s Message to Ahab
18 And it came to pass after many
days that the word of the Lord came
to Elijah, in the third year, saying, “Go, present yourself to Ahab, and I will
send rain on the earth.”
2 So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab; and there
was a severe famine in Samaria. 3 And
Ahab had called Obadiah, who was in
charge of his house.
(Now Obadiah feared the Lordgreatly. 4 For
so it was, while Jezebel massacred the prophets of the Lord,
that Obadiah had taken one hundred prophets and hidden them, fifty to a cave,
and had fed them with bread and water.) 5 And
Ahab had said to Obadiah, “Go into the land to all the springs of water and to
all the brooks; perhaps we may find grass to keep the horses and mules alive, so
that we will not have to kill any livestock.” 6 So
they divided the land between them to explore it; Ahab went one way by himself,
and Obadiah went another way by himself.
7 Now as Obadiah was on his way, suddenly Elijah met him; and he
recognized him, and fell on his face, and said, “Is that
you, my lord Elijah?”
8 And he answered him, “It is I.
Go, tell your master, ‘Elijah is
9 So he said, “How have I sinned, that you are delivering your servant
into the hand of Ahab, to kill me? 10 As the Lord your
God lives, there is no nation or kingdom where my master has not sent someone to
hunt for you; and when they said, ‘He is not here,’
he took an oath from the kingdom or nation that they could not find you. 11 And
now you say, ‘Go, tell your master, “Elijahis
here”’! 12 And
it shall come to pass, as
soon as I am gone from you, that
the Spirit of the Lordwill
carry you to a place I do not know; so when I go and tell Ahab, and he cannot
find you, he will kill me. But I your servant have feared the Lord from
my youth. 13 Was
it not reported to my lord what I did when Jezebel killed the prophets of the Lord,
how I hid one hundred men of theLord’s
prophets, fifty to a cave, and fed them with bread and water? 14 And
now you say, ‘Go, tell your master, “Elijah is
here.”’ He will kill me!”
15 Then Elijah said, “As the Lord of
hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely present myself to him today.”
16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him; and Ahab went to meet
17 Then it happened, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, “Is
that you, O troubler of Israel?”
18 And he answered, “I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s
house have, in
that you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and
have followed the Baals. 19 Now
therefore, send and gather
all Israel to me on Mount Carmel, the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal,
and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who
eat at Jezebel’s table.”
Elijah’s Mount Carmel Victory
20 So Ahab sent for all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets
together on Mount Carmel. 21 And
Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two
opinions? If the Lord is God,
follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word. 22 Then
Elijah said to the people, “I alone am left a prophet of the Lord;
but Baal’s prophets are four
hundred and fifty men. 23 Therefore
let them give us two bulls; and let them choose one bull for themselves, cut it
in pieces, and lay it on
the wood, but put no fire under
it;and I will prepare the other bull, and lay it on
the wood, but put no fire under
it. 24 Then
you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord;
and the God who answers by fire, He is God.”
So all the people answered and said, “It is well spoken.”
25 Now Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one bull for
yourselves and prepare it first,
for you are many;
and call on the name of your god, but put no fire under
26 So they took the bull which was given them, and they prepared it, and
called on the name of Baal from morning even till noon, saying, “O Baal, hear
us!” But there
was no voice; no one answered.
Then they leaped about the altar which they had made.
27 And so it was, at noon, that Elijah mocked them and said, “Cry aloud,
for he is a
god; either he is meditating, or he is busy, or he is on a journey, or perhaps
he is sleeping and must be awakened.” 28 So
they cried aloud, and cut themselves, as was their custom, with knives and
lances, until the blood gushed out on them. 29 And
when midday was past, they prophesied until the time of
the offering of the evening sacrifice.
was no voice; no one answered, no
one paid attention.
30 Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come near to me.” So all the
people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that
was broken down. 31 And
Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of
Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord had
come, saying, “Israel shall be your name.” 32 Then
with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord;
and he made a trench around the altar large enough to hold two seahs of seed. 33 And
he put the wood in order, cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on
the wood, and said, “Fill four waterpots with water, and pour it on
the burnt sacrifice and on the wood.” 34 Then
he said, “Do it a
second time,” and they did it a
second time; and he said, “Do it a
third time,” and they did it a
third time. 35 So
the water ran all around the altar; and he also filled the trench with water.
36 And it came to pass, at the
time of the offering of the evening sacrifice,
that Elijah the prophet came near and said, “Lord God
of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God
in Israel and I am Your
servant, and that I
have done all these things at Your word. 37 Hear
me, O Lord,
hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God,
have turned their hearts back to
38 Then the fire of the Lord fell
and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and
it licked up the water that was in
the trench. 39 Now
when all the people sawit, they
fell on their faces; and they said, “The Lord,
He is God!
He is God!”
40 And Elijah said to them, “Seize the prophets of Baal! Do not let one of
them escape!” So they seized them; and Elijah brought them down to the Brook
Kishon and executed them there.
The Drought Ends
41 Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there
is the sound of abundance of
Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he
bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees, 43 and
said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.”
So he went up and looked, and said, “There is nothing.”
And seven times he said, “Go again.”
44 Then it came to pass the seventh time, that
he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!” So
he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your
chariot, and go down before the
rain stops you.’”
45 Now it happened in the meantime that the sky became black with clouds
and wind, and there was a heavy rain. So Ahab rode away and went to Jezreel. 46 Then
the hand of the Lord came
upon Elijah; and he girded up his loins and ran ahead of Ahab to the entrance of
From Series: "Book of James"
Description and/or characterization of a person or a people.The author identifies himself as James (1:1); he was probably the brother of Jesus and leader of the Jerusalem council (Ac 15). Four men in the NT have this name. The author of this letter could not have been the apostle James, who died too early (a.d. 44) to have written it. The other two men named James had neither the stature nor the influence that the writer of this letter had.
James was one of several brothers of Christ, probably the oldest since he heads the list in Mt 13:55. At first he did not believe in Jesus and even challenged him and misunderstood his mission (Jn 7:2–5). Later he became very prominent in the church:
He was one of the select individuals Christ appeared to after his resurrection (see 1Co 15:7 and note).
Paul called him a “pillar” of the church (Gal 2:9).
Paul, on his first post-conversion visit to Jerusalem, saw James (Gal 1:19).
Paul did the same on his last visit (Ac 21:18).
When Peter was rescued from prison, he told his friends to tell James (Ac 12:17).
James was a leader in the important council of Jerusalem (Ac 15:13).
Jude could identify himself simply as “a brother of James” (Jude 1:1), so well known was James. He was martyred c. a.d. 62.