Advent Day 19: Elijah’s Contest

Ornament: Burning Rock

2014-12-12 15.17.13

Bible Passage: 1 Kings 18:3, 21-39

Short Version (for Tots):

Elijah said to the people, “Give us two young bulls. Let [the prophets of Baal] choose one, cut it into pieces, and place it on the wood, but start no fire. I shall prepare the other and place it on the wood, but shall start no fire. You shall call upon the name of your gods, and I will call upon the name of the LORD. The God who answers with fire is [the true] God.”

All the people answered, “We agree!”

Taking the young bull that was turned over to them, they prepared it and called upon Baal from morning to noon, saying, “Baal, answer us!” But there was no sound.

Then Elijah took twelve stones and built the stones into an altar to the name of the LORD. When he had arranged the wood, he cut up the young bull and laid it on the wood.

Then he came forward and said, “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 have done all these things at your command. Answer me, LORD! Answer me, that this people may know that you, LORD, are God and that you have turned their hearts back to you.”

The LORD’s fire came down and devoured the burnt offering, wood, stones, and dust, and lapped up the water in the trench.

Seeing this, all the people fell prostrate and said, “The LORD is God! The LORD is God!”


 

Full Version:

Ahab had summoned Obadiah, master of his palace, who greatly revered the LORD.

Elijah approached all the people and said, “How long will you straddle the issue? If the LORD is God, follow him; if Baal, follow him.” But the people did not answer him.

So Elijah said to the people, “I am the only remaining prophet of the LORD, and there are four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal. Give us two young bulls. Let them choose one, cut it into pieces, and place it on the wood, but start no fire. I shall prepare the other and place it on the wood, but shall start no fire. You shall call upon the name of your gods, and I will call upon the name of the LORD. The God who answers with fire is God.” All the people answered, “We agree!”

Elijah then said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one young bull and prepare it first, for there are more of you. Call upon your gods, but do not start the fire.”

Taking the young bull that was turned over to them, they prepared it and called upon Baal from morning to noon, saying, “Baal, answer us!” But there was no sound, and no one answering. And they hopped around the altar they had prepared.

When it was noon, Elijah taunted them: “Call louder, for he is a god; he may be busy doing his business, or may be on a journey. Perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.”

They called out louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears according to their ritual until blood gushed over them. Noon passed and they remained in a prophetic state until the time for offering sacrifice. But there was no sound, no one answering, no one listening.

Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come here to me.” When they drew near to him, he repaired the altar of the LORD which had been destroyed. He took twelve stones, for the number of tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the LORD had said: Israel shall be your name. He built the stones into an altar to the name of the LORD, and made a trench around the altar large enough for two measures of grain. When he had arranged the wood, he cut up the young bull and laid it on the wood.

He said, “Fill four jars with water and pour it over the burnt offering and over the wood.” “Do it again,” he said, and they did it again. “Do it a third time,” he said, and they did it a third time.

The water flowed around the altar; even the trench was filled with the water. At the time for offering sacrifice, Elijah the prophet came forward and said, “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 have done all these things at your command. Answer me, LORD! Answer me, that this people may know that you, LORD, are God and that you have turned their hearts back to you.”

The LORD’s fire came down and devoured the burnt offering, wood, stones, and dust, and lapped up the water in the trench.

Seeing this, all the people fell prostrate and said, “The LORD is God! The LORD is God!”

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“For a brief moment I abandoned you,
but with great tenderness I will take you back.”

– Isaiah 54:7

Throughout the Old Testament, the Jewish people break God’s law over and over again. But each time, God calls them back to Him and forgives them just as our parents always forgive us when we misbehave.

In the Gospels, Jesus tells the story of the Prodigal Son, who takes his share of his father’s wealth and leaves his family. Eventually, the son runs out of money, is hungry, and has nowhere to live. When he returns home, his father is overjoyed to see him, and he embraces him and throws a party in celebration. God will do the same for us for any wrong we do, so long as we turn back to Him and repent what we have done.

Let us pray…

Dear Father,

You are so good and merciful to us, who are weak and sinful! Not only do You love us enough to forgive us, but You sent Your Son to Earth to redeem us so that we can live with You one day in Heaven!

What an amazing gift! Lord, let me never forget how wonderful Your gift of Jesus is to us all!

Amen.

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