July 18, 2024

Thomas McNeilly

Jesus Christ is King

1 Kings 18 and Psalms 100:2

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1 Kings 18 After many days, the LORD’s word came to Elijah (it was the third year of the drought): Go! Appear before Ahab. I will then send rain on the earth. 2So Elijah went to appear before Ahab. Now the famine had become especially bad in Samaria. 3Ahab had called Obadiah, who was in charge of the palace affairs. (Obadiah greatly feared the LORD. 4When Jezebel killed the LORD’s prophets, Obadiah took one hundred of them and hid them, fifty each in two caves. He supplied them with food and water.) 5Ahab said to Obadiah, “Go throughout the land and check every spring of water and every brook. Perhaps we can find some grass to keep our horses and mules alive so we don’t have to kill any of them.” 6To search, they divided the land between themselves. Ahab went one way by himself, while Obadiah went a different way by himself. 7While Obadiah was out searching, suddenly Elijah met up with him. When Obadiah saw him, he fell on his face. “My master!” he said. “Are you Elijah?” 8Elijah replied, “I am. Go and say to your master, ‘Elijah is here!’” 9Then Obadiah said, “How have I sinned that you are handing me, your servant, over to Ahab so he can kill me? 10As surely as the LORD your God lives, there’s no nation or kingdom where my master Ahab hasn’t looked for you. They would insist, ‘He’s not here,’ but Ahab would make them swear that they couldn’t find you. 11And now you are commanding me: ‘Go and say to your master, “Elijah is here”’? 12But here’s what will happen: As soon as I leave you, the LORD’s spirit will carry you off somewhere—I don’t know where—then I’ll report to Ahab, but he won’t be able to find you. Then he will kill me! But your servant has feared the LORD from my youth. 13Wasn’t my master told what I did when Jezebel killed the LORD’s prophets? I hid one hundred of the LORD’s prophets, fifty each in two caves. I also supplied them with food and water. 14But even after all that, you tell me, ‘Say to your master, “Elijah is here”’! Ahab will kill me!” 15Elijah said, “As surely as the LORD of heavenly forces lives, the one I serve, I will appear before Ahab today.” 16So Obadiah went to meet Ahab. He told him what had happened. Then Ahab went to meet Elijah. 17When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, “Is that you, the one who troubles Israel?” 18Elijah answered, “I haven’t troubled Israel; you and your father’s house have! You did as much when you deserted the LORD’s commands and followed the Baals. 19Now send a message and gather all Israel to me at Mount Carmel. Gather the four hundred fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah who eat at Jezebel’s table.” 20Ahab sent the message to all the Israelites. He gathered the prophets at Mount Carmel. 21Elijah approached all the people and said, “How long will you hobble back and forth between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow God. If Baal is God, follow Baal.” The people gave no answer. 22Elijah said to the people, “I am the last of the LORD’s prophets, but Baal’s prophets number four hundred fifty. 23Give us two bulls. Let Baal’s prophets choose one. Let them cut it apart and set it on the wood, but don’t add fire. I’ll prepare the other bull, put it on the wood, but won’t add fire. 24Then all of you will call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD. The god who answers with fire—that’s the real God!” All the people answered, “That’s an excellent idea.” Psalms 100:2 Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. https://temtube.com/