Elijah The Prophet

The story of Elijah the prophet in the Bible begins with Elijah telling king Ahab that there would not be any rain.

1 Kings 17:1 King James Version (KJV)

1. And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

God than tells Elijah to go and hide from Ahab by the brook Cherrith.

1 Kings 17:2-3 King James Version (KJV)

2. And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying,

3 .Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.

While at the brook Cherrith Elijah the prophet is fed by ravens.

1 Kings 17:4 -7 King James Version (KJV)

4. And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.

5. So he went and did according unto the word of the Lord: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.

6. And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.

7. And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.

After the brook dries up God sends Elijah the prophet to the widow of Zarephath...

In the 3rd year of no rain and a famine, God tell's Elijah to show himself to king Ahab.

Kings 18:1-2 King James Version (KJV)

1. And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.

2. And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab. And there was a sore famine in Samaria.

Mean while, Ahab had sent Obadiah in one direction while he went in the other direction to look for grass for the livestock. Along the way Obadiah meets up with Elijah the prophet.

1 Kings 18:7-16 King James Version (KJV)

7. And as Obadiah was in the way, behold, Elijah met him: and he knew him, and fell on his face, and said, Art thou that my lord Elijah?

8. And he answered him, I am: go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here.

9. And he said, What have I sinned, that thou wouldest deliver thy servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me?

10. As the Lord thy God liveth, there is no nation or kingdom, whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee: and when they said, He is not there; he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they found thee not.

11. And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here.

12. And it shall come to pass, as soon as I am gone from thee, that the Spirit of the Lord shall carry thee whither I know not; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot find thee, he shall slay me: but I thy servant fear the Lord from my youth.

13. Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets of the Lord, how I hid an hundred men of the Lord's prophets by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water?

14. And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here: and he shall slay me.

15. And Elijah said, As the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely shew myself unto him to day.

16. So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him: and Ahab went to meet Elijah.

When King Ahab meets Elijah the prophet he accuses him of causing trouble for Israel. Elijah reminds Ahab that the trouble was caused by him and his forefathers who had turned from following the commandments of God.

1 Kings 18:17-18 King James Version (KJV)

17. And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel?

18. And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and thou hast followed Baalim.

Elijah then plans with King Ahab the show down with the prophets of Baal...

After the show down Elijah states to Ahab what God told him in verse 1 that there would be rain.

1 Kings 18:41 King James Version (KJV)

41. And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.

Elijah the prophet then provides us with an example of how to take God at His word. God has told Elijah that He will send rain. Elijah believes the word of God and does not cease to pray until God fulfills His word.

1 Kings 18:42-46 King James Version (KJV)

42. So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,

43. And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times.

44. And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down that the rain stop thee not.

45. And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel.

46. And the hand of the Lord was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.

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