The Lord Appears to Elijah

English evangelist George Whitefield (1714-1770) learned that it was more important to please God than to please men. Knowing that he was doing what was honoring to the Lord kept him from discouragement when he was falsely accused by his enemies. At one point in his ministry, W … More

Discouragement

 

 

Evidently Jezebel had not been present on Mount Carmel, so Ahab reported to her what had taken place. Whether or not Ahab had thoughts of revenge is unstated. However, when Jezebel heard that her prophets had been put to death she was furious. Attacking the problem, she sent a threatening message to Elijah. She threatened to do to Elijah what he had ordered done to her prophets.

 

Fearful for his life, the prophet ran to Beersheba, over seventy miles away. Leaving his servant there he went another day’s journey and rested under a juniper tree. Faithless, discouraged and tired from his journey God met his needs by feeding him. It must have been quite a meal as it gave Elijah strength to travel 40 days, until he reached Mount Horeb. It was here that Elijah said, “I alone am left; and they seek my life.” God’s reply was that there were still seven thousand in Israel who followed Jehovah.

 

God then reminded Elijah of who He was by giving three startling demonstrations. (l) A fantastic wind came that broke rocks into pieces, (2) an earthquake, (3) and then a fire. Following this three responsibilities were given the prophet. First he was to go to Damascus to anoint Hazael king over Syria, second he was to anoint Jehu king over Israel and third he was to anoint Elisha as prophet in his place. Only the last duty was carried out immediately as Elijah traveled back across the wilderness and cast his mantle on Elisha.

 

Application

 

 

Elijah thought he was the only one left who was still true to God. When I am tempted to think that I am the only one left that is faithful to the task I must never stop to feel sorry for myself. Discouragement will dilute the good I may be doing.

 

I Kings 19:8-21 (English Standard Version)

And 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. There he came to a cave and lodged in it. And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" He said, "I have been very jealous for the LORD, the God of hosts. For 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." And he said, "Go out and stand on the mount before the LORD." And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" He said, "I have been very jealous for the LORD, the God of hosts. For 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." And the LORD said to him, "Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus. And when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael to be king over Syria. And Jehu the son of Nimshi you shall anoint to be king over Israel, and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah you shall anoint to be prophet in your place. And the one who escapes from the sword of Hazael shall Jehu put to death, and the one who escapes from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha put to death. Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him." So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen in front of him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah passed by him and cast his cloak upon him. And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, "Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you." And he said to him, "Go back again, for what have I done to you?" And he returned from following him and took the yoke of oxen and sacrificed them and boiled their flesh with the yokes of the oxen and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and went after Elijah and assisted him.

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