All at once the sky grew dark with clouds and wind, and a heavy rain fell. Ahab mounted his chariot and headed for Jezreel. 1 Kings 18:45 NABRE
God struggles with the people for their loyalties against the false god, Baal. The people are enticed by the rhetoric of Baal and his prophets, including King Ahab. God takes control of the weather for three years creating a drought. Elijah, God’s prophet orchestrates a challenge with the prophets of Baal. He challenges them to create an altar with a sacrificial bull and to call down fire from Baal to demonstrate his power and authority. But nothing happens to the sacrifice, it remains unignited. Elijah creates an altar with a bull for sacrifice and calls on God to send down fire from heaven and the bull is ignited and burned completely. The people see the true God and prostrate themselves in reverence to God.
Elijah then climbs Mount Carmel, a special place which is a chain of mountains inland from the Mediterranean Sea. It is such a special place, that monks made it their home in the twelfth century where they form a special religious community which is known as the Carmelites. The reason Elijah goes to the mountain is to bring King Ahab and show him the work God is about to perform. Off in a distance over the sea a rain cloud appears and in a moment the drought that God had put on the people for three years ends, with heavy rain falling and replenishing the soil with moisture. The people see this as their gift from God for their reaffirmation to Him. But King Ahab returns to his evil Queen and doesn’t accept God’s opportunity for forgiveness and mercy. It is sometimes difficult to accept how wrong our ways have been, we don’t want to believe we could be mistaken.
Are there times when your actions have gone against God? Do you seek forgiveness when wrong?King Ahab returns to his evil Queen and doesn’t accept God’s opportunity for forgiveness and mercy. It is sometimes difficult to accept how wrong our ways have been, we don’t want to believe we could be mistaken. Click To Tweet
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