Elijah & The Prophets of Baal – I Kings 19:1-18

Elijah and the prophets of baal - I Kings 19
Prophet Elijah, Russian Orthodox icon from first quarter of 18-th cen.

A consistent pattern in scripture is that, the wicked, when confronted with the truth about God, seek to kill the messenger. One of the clearest examples of this is I Kings 19:1-18. In the previous chapter, Elijah had shown the prophets of Baal that God was God and Baal was not with an unmistakable demonstration of God’s power and glory – yet the circumstances did not seem to change. The wicked were still in power and now were seeking to take Elijah’s life.

God, however, was still in control. He maintained a remnant (I Kings 19:18) who continued to be faithful and serve Him. But, more than that, He continued to control the events of history so that the Redeemer would come into the world at just the right time (Galatians 4:4).

The wicked always seek to destroy those who glorify the One true God. They did so with Elijah and the prophets and they continue to do so today. This is why Christians face death daily in many parts of the world. But just as in the past, God remains in control and continues to work out all things for His glory and the good of His people (Romans 8:28). In Elijah’s day, His promise was to send a savior and no device of the wicked was able thwart that plan. Today, we live in anticipation of His promised return and again, no amount of persecution or wickedness will stop that from happening at the appointed time.

So, take heart fellow believer, especially in these uncertain times. Our God knows the end from the beginning because He’s the creator of them both. Therefore we have nothing to fear.

2 Replies to “Elijah & The Prophets of Baal – I Kings 19:1-18”

  1. “The wicked always seek to destroy those who glorify the One true God. They did so with Elijah and the prophets and they continue to do so today” – That is the wicked and stupid act this way. It is well known that violent persecution of religion in fact strengthens the religion. Look at Ukraine, after years of Communist repression religion is blooming. Look at Sweden, Norway, Germany, most W. European countries – they are shutting down churches because there are too few believers. Well, no need to go overseas to see this happening, it is the same story in Quebec. I can witness this personally.

  2. That’s true Yuri. The old saying goes “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” Despite that the enemies of the church continue to try to destroy her through persecution. Ironic really that the ones most opposed to Christianity do the very thing that causes it to grow the fastest. As the scriptures tell us, God’s ways are not our ways.

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