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Friday, November 11, 2005 at 12:14 PM

Elijah and the prophets of Baal (2)

Continued from previous post.

Now was the time. Today the Lord's Name would be proclaimed victorious and he would triumph over these false Gods. He called the people to him, closer. Then slowly and surely the sought out twelve stones from the ground. Well-formed and solid stones. Each one had it'’s own marks and imperfections, but with them, he built his altar. It was an altar that had been tumbled long ago, but today it would arise anew. He started digging, borrowing some tools from the people around him. He dug a trench all the way around the altar, nice and deep. People were getting impatient. Why was he taking so long? But he knew that God demanded perfection, everything was going to be perfect, so he took his time. Cutting the wood, he laid it carefully upon the altar. The bull, cut in pieces, was placed upon the wood.

"“Fill four jars with water and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood," he ordered the crowd. Quickly, four buckets of water appeared and were dumped upon the altar. "Do it a second time." They did it again. "“Do it a third time."” And they did it once more. The water overflowed and filled the trench around the altar.

Now was the time. Elijah turned to the heavens and raised his arms. A hush fell over the crowd.

"O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day 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, O LORD, answer me, that this people may know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back."”

*BOOM* The crowd was astonished to see a streak of fire fall, and then another, and then another, right on top of the altar. Quickly the bull and the wood were consumed, and the water boiled away, then the altar itself was consumed in the heat.

Elijah turned around as face after face realized the astonishing reality: Elijah serves the One True God.” Which came right alongside of the thought "“we'’re doomed."” They bowed down and said, "“The LORD, he is God; the LORD, he is God."”

"“Seize the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape,"” Elijah said. God had demonstrated His power, now He wanted to punish the worst offenders. Quickly, a swarm of people massed over the false prophets. They gave up quickly, knowing their cause was lost, their god dead, and their lives forfeit.

Elijah showed no mercy. The prophets must be killed. God would not stand for false prophets in His land. The prophets were slaughtered.

Hebrews 11) 32And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets-- 33who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. 36Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated-- 38of whom the world was not worthy--wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

39And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, 40since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

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