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Elijah and the prophets of Baal

Elijah confronts the prophets of Baal with a contest on Mount Carmel.
1 Kings 18

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After telling King Ahab that God was going to stop rain falling in the land of Israel because of the people’s disobedience, Elijah hid in a ravine and was fed by ravens. When the water dried up God told Him to go to the town of Zarephath in Sidon where God looked after him along with a widow and her son who had shared their food with Elisha. – Slide 1

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After three years without rain, the Lord told Elijah, ‘Go and meet King Ahab. I will soon send rain.’ – Slide 2

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So Elijah set off to meet Ahab. – Slide 3

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The ground was dusty and dry. People were starving and desperate for food. – Slide 4

Slide 5

By this time there was no food in Samaria. So King Ahab sent for Obadiah who was in charge of the king’s palace. Obadiah was a true follower of the Lord, who had secretly hidden 100 prophets of God in two caves to spare their lives. ‘Let’s look at every spring and search every valley for grass,’ King Ahab ordered. ‘Otherwise our animals will die’. Ahab went to search in one direction. Obadiah went in another direction. – Slide 5

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Obadiah searched high and low for water or pasture for the animals. – Slide 6

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But the ground was parched, the rivers were dry and the springs were not flowing. – Slide 7

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As Obadiah was searching he suddenly saw Elijah. – Slide 8

Slide 9

Obadiah bowed down to the ground before Elijah. ‘Elijah? Is it really you, master?’ he asked.  ‘Yes,’ Elijah replied. ‘Go tell King Ahab that I am here.’ – Slide 9

Slide 10

Obadiah was afraid. ‘If I tell King Ahab you are here, but when he arrives you have gone, he will kill me. – Slide 10

Slide 11

‘He has his men and leaders of other countries searching for you.’ – Slide 11

Slide 12

Elijah answered, ‘I serve the Lord of heaven’s armies. I promise I will stand before Ahab today.’ – Slide 12

Slide 13

So Obadiah went to Ahab and told him where Elijah was. Then Ahab went to meet Elijah. – Slide 13

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When King Ahab saw Elijah, he was angry. – Slide 14

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‘Is it you - the biggest troublemaker in Israel?’ he fumed. – Slide 15

Slide 16

‘I’m not the one causing trouble,’ Elijah replied. ‘You and your father’s family have caused all this trouble. You have not obeyed the Lord’s commands. You have followed the false god Baal and other idols. – Slide 16

Slide 17

‘This is what you must do. Summon all Israel to meet me at Mount Carmel. Bring the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah with you.’ – Slide 17

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So Ahab called all the Israelites and those prophets to Mount Carmel. – Slide 18

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Elijah stood before the large crowd. – Slide 19

Slide 20

‘How long will you try to serve both Baal and the Lord? If the Lord is the true God, follow Him. But if Baal is the true God, follow him!’  The people remained silent. – Slide 20

Slide 21

Elijah continued, ‘I am the only prophet of the Lord here. But there are 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah. So bring two bulls. Let the prophets of Baal kill one bull, cut it into pieces and put the meat on the wood. But they are not to set fire to it. – Slide 21

Slide 22

‘Then I will do the same with the other bull. And I will put it on the wood. But I will not set fire to it. You prophets of Baal, pray to your god. And I will pray to the Lord. The god who answers and sets fire to his wood - he is the true God.’ Everyone agreed that this was a good idea. – Slide 22

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Elijah told the prophets of Baal to go first. They prayed to Baal from morning until noon. – Slide 23

Slide 24

They shouted, ‘Baal, answer us!’ But there was no sound. No one answered. They danced around the altar they had built. – Slide 24

Slide 25

Elijah began to make fun of them. ‘Pray louder!’ he shouted. ‘Maybe Baal is thinking. Or maybe he is busy or traveling! Maybe he is sleeping so you will have to wake him!’ – Slide 25

Slide 26

So the prophets prayed louder and cut themselves with swords and spears until their blood flowed to get Baal to listen to them. The afternoon passed, and the prophets continued to act wildly. They continued until it was time for the evening sacrifice. But no voice was heard. Baal did not answer. No one paid attention. – Slide 26

Slide 27

Then Elijah said to all the people, ‘Gather round.’ Elijah rebuilt the altar of the Lord because that had been torn down. He rebuilt it using 12 stones, one for each of the 12 tribes. – Slide 27

Slide 28

‘Fill four jars with water and pour the water on the meat and on the wood,’ Elijah ordered. It was a strange request but they did it. – Slide 28

Slide 29

Then Elijah said, “Do it again.” So they drenched the altar once more.  Elijah ordered, ‘Do it a third time.’ The water ran off the altar and filled the ditch. – Slide 29

Slide 30

It was time for the evening sacrifice. Elijah prayed, ‘Lord, I ask you now to prove that you are the God of Israel and that I am your servant. Show these people that you, Lord, are God. Then they will know that you are bringing them back to you.’ – Slide 30

Slide 31

Suddenly, fire from the Lord came down on the altar. – Slide 31

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It burned the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the ground around the altar. – Slide 32

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It also dried up the water in the ditch. – Slide 33

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When all the people saw this, they fell down to the ground. – Slide 34

Slide 35

They cried, ‘The Lord is God! The Lord is God!’  Elijah ordered them to capture all the false prophets, take them down to Kishon Valley and execute them. – Slide 35

Slide 36

Elijah then went to find King Ahab. – Slide 36

Slide 37

‘Now, go, eat and drink. A heavy rain is coming.’ – Slide 37

Slide 38

So King Ahab went to eat and drink. Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel with his servant. – Slide 38

Slide 39

There he bent down to the ground with his head between his knees and prayed for rain. – Slide 39

Slide 40

Then Elijah said to his servant, ‘Go and look toward the sea. Are there any clouds?’ – Slide 40

Slide 41

The servant went and looked. He said, ‘I see nothing.’  Elijah prayed and told him to go and look again. – Slide 41

Slide 42

This happened six more times. – Slide 42

Slide 43

Each time the servant returned to report there was no rain on the horizon.  ‘Go and look a seventh time,’ Elijah told his servant. – Slide 43

Slide 44

The seventh time, the servant said, ‘I see a small cloud. It’s the size of a man’s fist. It’s coming from the sea.’  Elijah told the servant, ‘Go to King Ahab, and warn him to get his chariot ready to return home immediately. If he doesn’t leave now, the rain will stop him.’ – Slide 44

Slide 45

After a short time the sky was covered with dark clouds. – Slide 45

Slide 46

The wind began to blow. Then a heavy rain began to fall. – Slide 46

Slide 47

Ahab got in his chariot and started back to Jezreel. The Lord gave His power to Elijah, who tightened his clothes around him and ran ahead of King Ahab all the way to Jezreel. It was about the same distance as a marathon run. God had shown His mighty power through the prophet Elijah. – Slide 47

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