What have you learned from God’s Word this week?
I’ve been reading through 1 Kings, and yesterday I came to the passage about Elijah and the prophets of Baal. I’ve always loved hearing this story – how they each offered a sacrifice in a test to see who worshipped the true God. They each slaughtered a bull and placed it on an altar, but did not put any fire to it. And then, according to Elijah’s instruction [18:24]:
“And you call upon the name of your god,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD,
and the God who answers by fire, he is God.”
Of course, you all know how that turned out. The prophets of Baal cried and begged and even cut themselves to “get his attention” – all to no avail. And then Elijah stepped up to his sacrifice, ordered three rounds of water to be poured over the bull – so much that it soaked the sacrifice and ran into a moat surrounding the altar. And then he prayed a simple prayer [18:36]:
“O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel,
let it be known this day that you are God in Israel…”
And God heard his simple request, and sent fire from heaven, and consumed not only the offering but the soaked wood and stones and dust, and even “licked up the water that was in the trench.” And the text tells us that all of Israel fell on their faces and cried out [18:39]:
The LORD, he is God; the LORD, he is God.
And then all the prophets of Baal were seized and executed by Israel, who finally realized their sin of idolatry before the one true God.
It’s a powerful story, but that’s not all it is. I love the part where Elijah prays, “let it be known this day that you are God in Israel.” Isn’t that why God does everything that He does? So that we will know that He is God? That He is the only God, above everything in the universe, and that no one else can even be compared to Him. I think back to what Solomon said in his prayer of dedication for the temple he built [1 Kings 8:23]:
“O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you,
in heaven above or on earth beneath…”
He is God! Nothing else is worth following after. No one else is worth idolizing. Nobody and no thing can compare to His greatness and majesty. There is none like Him – as He tell us Himself by the prophet Isaiah [45:6]:
“…that people may know, from the rising of the sun
and from the west, that there is none besides me;
I am the LORD, and there is no other.”
How has God shown His uniqueness to YOU this week? I’d love to hear what He’s been teaching you! Please share!
For those continuing in the Blended Plan, here is next week’s schedule:
Sunday: 1 Kings 21-22, Matthew 11
Monday: 2 Kings 1-3
Tuesday: 2 Kings 4-6, Matthew 12
Wednesday: 2 Kings 7-9
Thursday: 2 Kings 10-12
Friday: 2 Kings 13-14, Matthew 13
Saturday: 2 Kings 15-16, Matthew 14