Happy June everybody!
I apologize for the weird change in font but for some reason some of my letter keys aren’t working on WordPress right now (the “h” and the “v” being the ones that stand out. Although the “H” just worked when I wrote “Happy”, so…. I don’t know what’s going on here). They work on Microsoft Word, though, so I just typed stuff there first.
But yes – happy June!
(NIV1984) 1 Kings 18:41-44 – “And Elijah said to Ahab, ‘Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.’ So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees.
“‘Go and look toward the sea,’ he told his servant. And he went up and looked.
“‘There is nothing there,’ he said.
“Seven times Elijah said, ‘Go back.’
“The seventh time the servant reported, ‘A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.’
“So Elijah said, ‘Go and tell Ahab, “Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.”’”
I have forgotten that they were in a drought! Where did they get fifteen liters of water? Was that not a miracle, too, in of itself!! I mean, that’s a LOT of water in one place for a drought.
Anyway – that also adds significance to what Elijah said to Ahab. As king, Ahab had access to food and drink that most of the normal people didn’t have…probably. But by this point, even Ahab must have been starting to feel the strain. But Elijah was basically telling him, “Don’t worry. It’s going to rain.” I can almost hear him throw in, “Your horses will be fine” in the same snark he used earlier. But that’s probably just me.
And, again, Ahab obeyed Elijah. I’m beginning to think that, even though he was a bad king, he might have come around if not for Jezebel.
Now – to the prayer scene. Even though the word of the LORD told Elijah He would send rain on the land (NIV1984, 1 Kings 18:1) – and Elijah had presented himself to Ahab – that didn’t mean the rain would just automatically come, even after a slaughter and returning of the people such as this. But Elijah still had to go to the mountain top and pray – not just once, but SEVEN times before a SMALL cloud appeared. But even something small, after intense prayer for something promised, can turn into the promise. And Elijah knew that when he saw it.
And Elijah has a servant. When did he get a servant? How long has he been there? Only now? Or was Elijah not as alone as he seemed (most likely due to his “only one” remarks and the beginning of chapter 19)?