I KINGS18:19-21, 19:1-21, 21:1-26
Prophet Elijah’s mission was to fight false religion and moral decay in Israel. This put him in great danger and hostility with Ahab and his family in the following ways:
- He foretold a 3½ year drought that caused suffering to the people. I Kings 17:1, 18:3-6, 17:7-16.
- He was one of the prophets of Yahweh who were being persecuted by Jezebel.
- There were many false prophets of Baal who enjoyed state protection. They outnumbered Yahweh’s prophets. Baal’s prophets supported the Kings decision to fight Elijah.
- He rebuked King Ahab’s and Queen Jezebel’s evil ways.
- Queen Jezebel sought to kill him for killing Baal’s prophets at Kishon valley.
- He hid in the wilderness to avoid persecution, where he faced the danger of starvation.
- He fought for the true worship of Yahweh, which angered Jezebel.
- Prophesied doom for Ahab and Jezebel’s family.
Problems Elijah faced in Israel
- His life was threatened.
- He was fearful.
- He was hungry and thirsty in the wilderness.
- He had no support from his fellow Jews.
- His fellow prophets were killed.
- His message was rejected.