In which we see Elijah be sarcastic. 🙂
(NIV1984) 1 Kings 18:27-29 – “At noon Elijah began to taunt them. ‘Shout louder!’ he said. ‘Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.’ So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention.”
I don’t know what time the evening sacrifice was, but with the timing, I’d assume that the prophets of Baal had been doing this for at least twelve hours – possibly more or less – and certainly all day. The last six or so hours they were slashing and forcing themselves to bleed, so they were probably getting pretty weak.
Imagine what they must have thought when Elijah started doing and preparing his sacrifice.
And Elijah was taunting them! He was making fun of them and their god who wasn’t doing anything to their sacrifice. This is certainly entertaining and sarcastic for him, which tends to make me think that Elijah was kind of snarky.
But was he saddened for them and their mistaken beliefs? Was he said that they would shortly be going to hell? Did he feel pain for them? Or was he just aggravated at the pain they were causing Israel?
Is his angry sarcasm or hurt sarcasm?