The departure of Elijah from this world was even more striking than his entrance as a prophetic lightning rod. He was a force to be reckoned with by ungodly kings with an uncomfortable message for an idolatrous people. Miracles attended him wherever he went and a final miracle would secure his departure from this world. He was a man on fire. He called for fire on top of Mount Carmel and it fell. He called down fire on those who sought to take his life. Now fire would bring Elijah’s earthly ministry to a close even though he would not pass through the portal of death. Sermon Audio and Video coming soon!
Sermons in: The Prophet Elijah
Why are there so many biographies in the Bible? Could it be the Holy Spirit loves to teach truth in terms of people’s lives? In this series, we X-ray Elijah, greatest of the prophets - and a man just like us. What made him so courageous? How did he make decisions? How did God restore his soul from discouragement? How did he make disciples?
When looking at the Bible we often make the mistake of thinking it’s a collection of people who are sinless paragons. They are the ones who have it all together. They’ve figured out how to check off their to-do lists. They’ve figured out how to manage their budget and their time. They figured out how to make their way in this world. They figured out something that I haven’t figured out, and they’re the ones that I need to be like. But that’s not the story of scripture. The story of scripture is that Jesus rescues broken, weak, and needy people, and he accomplishes his good purpose through them in spite of themselves. And today when we look at this story, we see the flight of Elijah. We see Elijah running because of fear, anxiety, and depression. But we also see the flight of God pursuing him. When Elijah struggled; when he wasn’t looking so much like the prophet of God. God was merciful and kind, and he met him in his depression, anxiety, and fear. He met him in the darkness of despair where he was. And our hope is that by God’s grace you will see in his flight, there is another who is flying after him still.
Elijah was one of the only two people in all of history that never died. He is one of the only two people who appeared with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration. Moses was there representing the law, and Elijah was there representing the prophets. And Elijah is mentioned more in the New Testament than any other Old Testament prophet. Yet, James 5:17 says that "Elijah was a man with a nature like ours..." He was just a man like us, so what was the secret of Elijah's boldness? Lead Pastor Sam Shaw walks us through 1 Kings 16:30-33 and 1 Kings 17:1-7 as we examine what made Elijah such a remarkable character, and how we respond when our faith is tested.
The prophet Elijah felt like he was the last prophet of God left among 450 prophets of Baal. To show that the Lord was the one true God, Elijah set up an incredible showdown with the prophets of Baal at Mount Carmel. They would set each set up an altar but not light it on fire. The prophets of Baal would call on their god and Elijah would call on the Lord. The one who answered that prayer by fire would be God! Elijah looked like a huge underdog in this showdown – except for one thing – God is always greater. Just like the Israelites, we “No longer need to waver between two opinions.” We need to hold fast to the hope that God is always faithful to His promises.