(NIV1984) 1 Kings 18:40 – “Then Elijah commanded them, ‘Seize the prophets of Baal. Don’t let anyone get away!’ They seized them, and Elijah had them brought down to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered there.”
Well, sucks for the prophets of Baal. I just wonder if anyone hurt for them, was sad that they’d wasted lives so full of potential and were now going to hell to pay for it. I mean, no doubt what they were doing was wrong and they deserved everything they got for it, but…they could have been so much more.
There’s also the argument that we deserve hell, too. No one does not deserve hell other than Jesus.
I guess that’s what makes me sad for them. Because if they had followed God instead of Baal…there would have been so much more to their lives. They could have had a relationship with the One, True God Who does listen.
The prophets were probably pretty weak here from their day of shouting, dancing, and especially bleeding. They were probably feeling faint. A couple might even have felt resigned. But no matter how they felt, they were all “slaughtered” (NIV1984, 1 Kings 18:40). 450 prophets – false prophets – dead.
Also, and this is really super cool – we were linked in another blog! Rich Brown also just wrote about 1 Kings 18:20-39, and he linked to a couple of the posts! Thank you so much! And thank You, God! Praise be to God for this wonderful gift!
His post is really pretty amazing, so you guys should go check it out here: http://richbrownforewords.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/622013-glorify-god/