17 October 2021
King Ahaziah really should have known better. Maybe he had not been old enough to be there with his father Ahab on Mt. Carmel the day God had sent down fire from heaven to consume the offering and to put to flight the prophets of Baal. But surely he had heard about that day.
10 October 2021
When it comes to our religion, we want consolation without conviction. We want reassurance without repentance. We want wholeness without holiness.
3 October 2021
Elijah may be done with life, done with being a prophet, done with Israel, perhaps even done with God. But God is not yet done with His servant Elijah.
26 September 2021
So, as our story opens this morning, Elijah is a wanted man, the worship of Baal dominates Israel, the altar of the Lord has been torn down by Jezebel, and what’s left of God’s prophets are in hiding. It is not looking good for Elijah and for the cause of the true God of Israel.
19 September 2021
The widow is beside herself with grief as she confronts Elijah with anger: “What have you against me, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my sin to remembrance and to cause the death of my son!” In her grief and anger, the only explanation she can think of for what has happened to her son is that having a prophet in the house has meant that God has been taking a closer look at her, has seen her prior life worshipping
Baal, and has now decided to punish her for that sin.
12 September 2021
What made Ahab the worst of the worst of the kings of Israel was not just that he trampled all over the First Commandment (“Thou shalt have no other gods before me” ), but also that he encouraged, nigh unto commanded, the people of God to do the same. King Ahab was not only an idolater himself, but he encouraged Israel to follow him into idolatry.