Monday, February 17, 2014

Elijah: Showdown on Mt. Carmel (audio)

This is one of the most famous and spectacular displays of God's power in the Old Testament. It'd be a classic "High Noon" western-type showdown if they existed back then, with the prophet Elijah setting himself up against 450 prophets of Baal. The setting was Mt. Carmel and on the line was the very soul of Israel.

It makes for some great drama, but was it what God wanted Elijah to do?

Chapter 18 of 1 Kings begins with the Lord saying to Elijah that the message to Ahab was rain was going to return. Elijah though doesn't deliver that message until close to the end of the chapter, 41 verses later. Meanwhile, he was setting himself up as the last remaining prophet who was faithful to God, despite initially meeting with Obadiah who had personally hidden 100 faithful servants of the Lord, keeping them safe from Ahab and Jezebel's wrath.

Today's sermon (audio link below) outlines that sometimes in our zealousness, we lose sight that we are supposed to work with God, not for God. It might also suggest to us that looking so much on past accomplishments might cause us to miss what God is doing right now. Take a listen, and hopefully you are blessed and challenged by what you hear.


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