1 Kgs 19:1-21
After the exploits of Elijah as we read yesterday, things took a different turn. Ahab told Jezebel all that happened, and she swore to do to Elijah exactly what he did to the prophets of Baal. When Elijah heard this threat he fled. One question that bogs the mid is why would such a great man of God flee from a pagan woman of Jezebel’s calibre?
The key answer would be that of spiritual strength being used in spiritual services, and the fact that we could have both highs and lows in our spiritual walks and experiences with God. Elijah was used up to the point that he wished to die. God’s angel however woke him where he slept and told him to eat twice for the journey ahead of him was still great. After going in the strength of the food he ate for forty days, he eventually came to Horeb, the mount of God.
At this mount Elijah met God again, and though he thought he was the only prophet left to defend the name of the Lord God of Israel, God made him to know there were some other seven thousand people who had not yet bowed down to Baal. When we also feel we are the only ones passionate about God, we should be aware that we are not alone, and that God always have people who are still after his heart.
God eventually told Elijah what to do before he departed the mountain. He was instructed to anoint Hazael as king of Syria, Jehu as king of Israel, and Elisha as his own replacement in the office of prophet. With these three in place there would be no escape for evil perpetrators in the land. Elijah left and met Elisha, who abandoned his oxen and family and followed after Elijah, ministering to him.
Some verses to remember
vs 7-8: And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee. And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.
vs 11-12: And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
vs 17: And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay.