I kings 16:30-34
And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD above all that were before him.And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria. And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him. In his days did Hiel the Bethelite build Jericho: he laid the foundation thereof in Abiram his firstborn, and set up the gates thereof in his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Joshua the son of Nun.
What we see above is Elijah’s world. One could say that what we see above is our world also. in Israel we see a nation carried away in the abandon of its own sin. Today we are in a nation carried away in the abandon of its own sin. Israel was populated by people who had, by and large, abandoned the true worship of the True God. Today we are in a nation that has, by and large, abandoned the true worship of the True God. We could keep going, but I think the point is made.
The Elijah Factor- How One Man Made a Difference. That was the message theme for our Revival last week, and I an quite unashamedly stealing it for my Blog (With full permission of course!)
During the next bit, we will study our way through 1 Kings Chapters 17 and 18, as we explore the calling of Elijah, his subsequent teaching and development, and finally ending with what appeared to be his true purpose. So, that’s homework. Read those two chapters, read the culture and history of the time, even read some commentaries.
One man in hostile world, yet willing to step into the gap. That was Elijah. Will it be us?