Musings on …. 1 Kings 19:11-18

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God’s Revelation to Elijah

11Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORDbut the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; 12and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORDwas not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.

13So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

14And he said, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God of hosts; because the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.”

15Then the LORD said to him: “Go, return on your way to the Wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, anoint Hazael as king over Syria. 16Also you shall anoint Jehum the son of Nishim as king over Israel. And Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel Meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place. 17It shall be that whoever escapes the sword of Hazael, Jehum will kill; and whoever escapes the sword of Jehum, Elisha will kill. 18Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

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God asked Elijah what he was doing there? Did God already know? Yes.

Elijah walks out to stand before the Lord and tells Him, he is left alone and they seek my life.

What does God tell Elijah? “Hey my prophet, get up and be happy!”

No, He tells him more bad news. Anoint some kings and prophets and they are going to kill everyone!

Oh Joy!!!

Yet God reserved 7,000 in Israel. Men who still worshiped the One True God.

Will things ever get better for Elijah? Will his depression ever lift?  Will his circumstances ever change?

Elijah is then sent to prophecy for the Lord, kill some more men and meet more kings. He gets  aprotegé, Elisha, just before he is taken up to heaven. Without seeing death.

I was going somewhere with these scriptures, I had initially thought God got right up to fixing Elijah’s situation, but as I read I found it He didn’t.

So what can we learn from Elijah?

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