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August 18, 2018

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Reading along with us in 1 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Kings 18 (ESV)

After many days the word of the Lord came to Elijah, in the third year, saying, “Go, show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain upon the earth.” So Elijah went to show himself to Ahab. Now the famine was severe in Samaria. And Ahab called Obadiah, who was over the household. (Now Obadiah feared the Lordgreatly, and when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the Lord, Obadiah took a hundred prophets and hid them by fifties in a cave and fed them with bread and water.) And Ahab said to Obadiah, “Go through the land to all the springs of water and to all the valleys. Perhaps we may find grass and save the horses and mules alive, and not lose some of the animals.” So they divided the land between them to pass through it. Ahab went in one direction by himself, and Obadiah went in another direction by himself......Continue Reading

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  1. 21And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” And the people did not answer him a word.

  2. What a great story revealing the true power of God and the false nature of idols. Elijah puts Baal to the test and he is found wanting and false. I love the way he taunts the prophets of Baal…maybe he’s hard of hearing, maybe he’s traveling, or using the bathroom (that’s what the word busy means here). And still nothing happens because Baal is not real. I love the way he stacks the odds against God by pouring water over His altar. But nothing is too hard for God. He is able to overcome anything. And fire comes down because He is the one and only true God and the juxtaposition here is stark. Set side by side nothing can compare to Him. It should cause us to consider the idols in our lives and in our world and how inadequate they are to satisfy or provide or guide. And since God is true, He should be obeyed and relied on. And since the idols are false they should be dismissed and destroyed.

    I also believe this account reveals the role we have in others lives to gently (or not so gently depending on how close we are to someone) point out the inadequacy and falsehood of the idols they are depending on as we open our lives to allow others to do the same for us.

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