(NIV1984) 1 Kings 18:17-20 – “When he saw Elijah, he said to him, ‘Is that you, you troubler of Israel?’
“‘I have not made trouble for Israel,’ Elijah replied. ‘But you and your father’s family have. You have abandoned the LORD’s commands and have followed the Baals. Now summon the people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel. And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.’
“So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel.”
Interesting that, unlike Obadiah, Ahab just does as he’s told. Immediately, almost. Even though he worships the Baals, he seems to trust Elijah more.
Also – so many other false prophets – 850 – compared to Elijah and the hundred that Obadiah has hidden.
Abandoned the LORD’s commands seems to imply that maybe, at one point in time, Ahab might have followed God. One wonders, if this is true, if he stopped completely of his own accord or if Jezebel had a hand in that, because he seems to still be obedient to Elijah.
I can see why Ahab would call Elijah the “troubler of Israel” (NIV1984, 1 Kings 18:17) and I love that Elijah has the snark to throw it back in Ahab’s face and, accurately, blame him (and his father’s family) as the troublers of Israel.
Also – keep in mind (for later) that these are the prophets “who eat at Jezebel’s table” (NIV1984, 1 Kings 18:19).
And guess what? Obadiah is still alive! And Ahab didn’t capture Elijah! I love how the ideas other people might have had – or even we might have in initial reading, if we didn’t know what was happening – are completely subverted here in how Ahab responds. It makes me wonder…about Ahab, about Elijah.