ELIJAH’S FIGHT AGAINST FALSE RELIGION AND CORRUPTION
Prophet Elijah’s mission
- He was God’s spokesman/messenger of God.
- He spoke with the authority of Yahweh with no fear of the consequences to himself
- He stood for the covenant way of life at a time when it was rejected by the Israelites.
- Elijah pronounced God’s judgment on Israel together with her king for their sin.
FIGHT AGAINST FALSE RELIGION [1 KINGS 18:17-46]
- Prophet Elijah asked Ahab to assemble all the people at Mt. Carmel.
- The king summoned all the people including the prophets of Baal to Mt. Carmel.
- Elijah told the people to choose between worshipping God and Baal.
- He suggested to the people that two bulls be brought and each party to offer a sacrifice to their God.
- He challenged them and said whichever party will make their God burn the sacrifice will be the true God.
- The prophets of Baal were given a bull which they prepared and called upon the name of their god.
- Elijah mocked the m asking them to shout louder to their god.
- They prayed, cut themselves with knives until the bled but Baal did not answer them.
- Elijah asked the people to come to near him as he repaired the altar of God.
- He placed the sacrifice on the altar and asked the people to pour water on it.
- Fire consumed the sacrifice/ the wood/ the stones/ the water/ dust around it.
- The people threw themselves on the ground and worshipped the Lord as the true God.
- Elijah killed the prophets of Baal.