The 33rd day – Elijah
And he said, “I have been very jealous for the Lord, God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away — 1 Kings 19:14 (KJV)
Today, in this verse, ‘He’ is referred to ‘Elijah’. Elijah is a prophet raised up by God in the old testament time. Elijah’s name means “My God is Yahweh”. He is one of the most intense and enigmatic people of The Bible. His story makes for a fascinating study. Let’s have a look at this video to find out more about him and the history after the division of israel.
Here is a little about the story background:
Ahab was a sinful king who had married Jezebel, a priestess of the pagan god Baal. Ahab allowed his wife to create a large entourage if pagan priests and prophets devoted to Baal – a god associated with sexual immorality. It is into this dire situation that Elijah is called to pronounce the Father’s warnings and judgments.
Today’s verse comes shortly after Elijah’s successful challenge to the 450 prophets of Baal on the Mount of Carmel (Story shown in the video above). Elijah is on the run from the wicked queen Jezebel and hiding in a cave for the night. There he tells the Lord How he has been standing along against the tide of darkness in the nation because he is jealous for the Lord’s name.
It is upsetting to see Israel, a God blessed nation, has gone downcast as bad as this since the time of King Solomon’s heart has turned away from God. However, it is nothing worse than to see God’s people have established gods of their own. God, the father must be devastated.
Elijah stood up for God, and successfully challenged 450 prophets of Baal, he declared the words of God, also He raised the dead, brought fire down from the sky – He has testified the power of our one true God. In here, Elijah called to God, and the father heard him. As we known, he was so highly honoured by God that he was ascended into heaven with God.
So, Why should we be afraid to stand up for our God?