(NIV1984) 1 Kings 18:2b-4 – “Now the famine was severe in Samaria, and Ahab had summoned Obadiah, who was in charge of his palace. (Obadiah was a devout believer in the LORD. While Jezebel was killing off the LORD’s prophets, Obadiah had taken a hundred prophets and hidden them in two caves, fifty in each, and had supplied them with food and water.)”
1. The comment that “the famine was severe in Samaria” (NIV1984 1 Kings 18:2b) – does that mean there were other places where it wasn’t quite as severe?
2. I think that’s pretty cool that the man in charge of Ahab’s palace was a believer in the LORD – it’s really reminiscent of Joseph while he was in Egypt; no matter where he was – Potipher’s house, jail, or the palace – he ended up as second-in-command and in charge because God was with him and God blessed him. So God must also have been with Obadiah, as a believer who was in charge of wicked Ahab’s household.
And can you imagine how hard that would be, as a believer, to work in the palace that Ahab & Jezebel ruled? Wouldn’t that kind of be like a Christian working as Nero’s second-in-command? I mean, what if they found out? Surely Jezebel would have killed him. Or maybe they did know, maybe Ahab knew…. Who knows?
And, interestingly enough, Obadiah takes things a step further by rescuing prophets from getting murdered by Jezebel. What a man of God! If she’d have caught him, he surely would have died! But he kept doing it anyway, even to the point of supplying “them with food and water” (NIV1984 1 Kings 18:4). I think this would have, might have, taken place after the famine – Jezebel’s seek and destroy – but still…that’s a pretty honorable thing to do.