The Adventures of Elijah

Memba Ben By Memba Ben, 31st Jul 2017 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Elijah was one of those people in the Bible who'd leave you both in awe at how dedicated he was to serving the Lord and shocked at just how crazy his adventures got.

The bible's trippiest story

We first meet up with Elijah in 1 Kings 17 when he shows up to challenge the rule of King Ahab and warn the people of Israel of a great drought as consequences of Ahab’s terrible reign (sorry, I couldn’t resist). Once his warnings fell on deaf ears, the Lord told Elijah to go chill at some ravine where he would be fed by ravens and true to his word, the Lord had some birds pass by Elijah and feed him every day of the drought:

1 Kings 17 (New International Version)

5. So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there.

6. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.

All was well until the ravine dried up. Because of that, the Lord decided to relocate Elijah another place but this time, he would be fed by a widow. Elijah met the lady and the Lord provided food for them in a manner that only the Lord could:

10. So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?”

11. As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”

12. “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”

13. Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son.

14. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”

15. She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family.

16. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.

The drought eventually passed but Ahab was still influencing the people of Israel to follow Baal so Elijah went to challenge Ahab and his priests in a show of whose God was greater.

Two altars were built; one to the Lord and one to Baal. The priests of Baal called upon their god to send down fire; but there was no answer. Then Elijah called upon the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, and fire came down and burnt up the offering.

When the people saw what the Lord was capable of, they returned to their original faith killed the false priests of Baal. But while Elijah might've convinced the people of Israel to return to their faith, his great victory came at the cost that he became public enemy number one to Ahab and specifically his wife Jezebel.

To quote the verse:

1 Kings 19 (New International Version)

2. So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.”

Understandably, Elijah got the hell out of dodge and ended up hiding in a cave where he began feeling sorry for himself and such. But before that continued, an angel instructed Elijah to go to Mount Horeb (which by the way, was a forty day walk).

When Elijah got to Mount Horeb, he had a conversation with the Lord which reminded him of his greater purpose. After that was done, Elijah was instructed to go get Elisha as an apprentice and do some other things which ended with …I’ll let the passage speak for itself:

2 Kings 2 (New International Version)

11. As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.

The fuck?!?

The moment also brought up an argument amongst biblical scholars because according to Jesus:

John 3:13 (New International Version)

13. No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.

If that’s true, then where in the world is Carmen Sandi... I mean Elijah?

That moment also led to an interesting situation where it seems as if Elisha inherited Elijah’s spirit or so.

12. Elisha saw this and cried out, "My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!" And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them apart.

13. He picked up the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan.

14. Then he took the cloak that had fallen from him and struck the water with it. "Where now is the Lord , the God of Elijah?" he asked. When he struck the water, it divided to the right and to the left, and he crossed over.

15. The company of the prophets from Jericho, who were watching, said, "The spirit of Elijah is resting on Elisha." And they went to meet him and bowed to the ground before him.

Elijah was important in bringing the reign of Baal worshiping to an end and his life was proof that any man (despite their background) can be an instrument of great change.


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