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Elijah the prophet

Elijah sets up a contest on Mount Carmel and then prays for rain.
Contributed by YoMinistry
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‘Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria for twenty-two years. Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord more than all who were before him.’ 1 Kings 16:29-30 (NASB) – Slide 1
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‘And as though it had been a trivial thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, he married Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.’ 1 Kings 16:31 (NASB) – Slide 2
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‘Now Elijah the Tishbite, who was one of the settlers of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall certainly be neither dew nor rain during these years, except by my word.”’ 1 Kings 17:1 (NASB) – Slide 3
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As Elijah prophesied, there was no rain for three years. ‘Now it happened after many days that the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year, saying, “Go, present yourself to Ahab, and I will provide rain on the face of the earth.”’ 1 Kings 18:1 (NASB) – Slide 4
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‘When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, “Is this you, the cause of disaster to Israel?”  <br/>Elijah said, “I have not brought disaster to Israel, but you and your father’s house have, because you have abandoned the commandments of the Lord and you have followed the Baals.”’ 1 Kings 18:17-18 (NASB) – Slide 5
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‘Now then, send orders and gather to me all Israel at Mount Carmel, together with 450 prophets of Baal and four hundred prophets of the Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.’ 1 Kings 18:19 (NASB) – Slide 6
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‘So Ahab sent orders among all the sons of Israel and brought the prophets together at Mount Carmel. <br/>Then Elijah approached all the people and said, “How long are you going to struggle with the two choices? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people did not answer him so much as a word.’ 1 Kings 18:20-21 (NASB) – Slide 7
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‘Now have them give us two oxen; and have them choose the one ox for themselves and cut it up, and place it on the wood, but put no fire under it; and I will prepare the other ox and lay it on the wood, and I will not put a fire under it. Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord; and the God who answers by fire, He is God...’  1 Kings 18:23-24a (NASB) – Slide 8
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The priest of Baal built their altar, chose their ox, sacrificed it and placed it on the altar. Then ‘they called on the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, “O Baal, answer us!’ But there was no voice and no one answered.”’ 1 Kings 18:26b (NASB) – Slide 9
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‘And at noon Elijah ridiculed them and said, “Call out with a loud voice, since he is a god; undoubtedly he is attending to business, or is on the way, or is on a journey. Perhaps he is asleep, and will awaken.”’ 1 Kings 18:27 (NASB) – Slide 10
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‘So they cried out with a loud voice, and cut themselves according to their custom with swords and lances until blood gushed out on them. When midday was past, they raved until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice; but there was no voice...’ 1 Kings 18:28-29a (NASB) – Slide 11
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‘Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come forward to me.”... And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord; and he made a trench around the altar,... Then he laid out the wood, and he cut the ox in pieces and placed it on the wood.’ 1 Kings 18:30a, 32a, 33 (NASB) – Slide 12
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‘And he said, “Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood.” And he said, “Do it a second time,” so they did it a second time. Then he said, “Do it a third time,” so they did it a third time. The water flowed around the altar, and he also filled the trench with water.’ 1 Kings 18: 34-35 – Slide 13
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‘Then Elijah said: “Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, today let it be known that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word. Answer me, Lord, answer me, so that this people may know that You, Lord, are God, and that You have turned their heart back.”’ 1 Kings 18:36b-37 (NASB) – Slide 14
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‘Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood, and the stones and the dust; and it licked up the water that was in the trench. When all the people saw this, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The Lord, He is God; the Lord, He is God!”’ 1 Kings 18:38 (NASB) – Slide 15
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‘Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he bent down to the earth and put his face between his knees. And he said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” <br/>So he went up and looked, but he said, “There is nothing.’ `<br/>Yet Elijah said, “Go back’ seven times.”’ 1 Kings 18:42b-43 (NASB) – Slide 16
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‘And when he returned the seventh time, he said, “Behold, a cloud as small as a person’s hand is coming up from the sea.” And Elijah said, ‘Go up, say to Ahab, “Harness your chariot horses and go down, so that the heavy shower does not stop you.”’ 1 Kings 18:44 (NASB) – Slide 17
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‘Meanwhile the sky became dark with clouds, the wind came up, and there was a heavy shower. And Ahab rode and went to Jezreel. Then the hand of the Lord was on Elijah, and he belted his cloak around his waist and outran Ahab to Jezreel.’ 1 Kings 18:45-46 (NASB) – Slide 18
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