Jesus' Parables for Disciples
Elijah: Rebuilding Yahweh's Altar
by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
Elijah is one tough dude! God calls him to an awesome task: to turn an entire nation back to God. Perhaps the most spectacular event in Elijah's long ministry takes place on Mount Carmel, where he has challenged the 400 prophets of Baal to a contest. He watches while they utterly fail to see fire fall on their sacrifice. The Scripture records:
"Then Elijah said to all the people, 'Come here to me.' They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the Lord, which was in ruins." (1 Kings 18:30)
Yahweh has set before Elijah a huge task, to "repair the altar of Yahweh," to repair the knowledge of the Lord and return a whole nation to their God. To turn the hearts of the fathers and the children away from Baal and towards the true God. All this in a deeply backslidden nation.
Elijah's mission field is the northern kingdom of Israel, a nation of backslidden Yahweh worshippers, now worshipping a golden calf in Bethel or Dan. Jezebel the Queen has been hunting down the prophets of Yahweh and vigorously promoting the worship of Baal. Most true believers are in hiding.
It's hard to imagine that your mission and mission field are more difficult than Elijah's. God may have placed you in a resistant community. Or in a cold, dead church that desperately needs to know the Living God! We can learn from Elijah something of what it takes to be that man, that woman in the situation in which God has placed you. To make a difference against long odds.
I pray that as you study and ponder the life of Elijah, you'll learn some things to do -- and some things not to do. You'll also learn from the supporting cast of Ahab, Jezebel, Micaiah, Jehoshaphat, and Elisha. And in your learning you'll be able to better discern how God would have you live and minister where you are.
Initially developed as an online study, this book is ideal for personal spiritual development. Footnotes and probing discussion questions make it useful for teachers, small group leaders, and for sermon development.
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- Elijah Declares a Drought (1 Kings 17)
- Elijah Challenges Baal on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18)
- Elijah and the Still Small Voice (1 Kings 19)
- Ahab's Syrian Wars (1 Kings 20)
- Naboth's Vineyard: Judgment and Grace (1 Kings 21)
- Prophecies against Ahab, Azariah, and Jehoram (1 Kings 22, 2 Kings 1, 2 Chronicles 21:12-15)
- Elijah and the Whirlwind (2 Kings 2;1-18) and Elijah's Legacy
- Appendix 1. Participant Handouts (may be duplicated for a small group or class free of charge)
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