During the days of the prophet, Elijah, the northern kingdom of Israel, gradually embraced the customs and religions of surrounding nations. King Ahab married Jezebel, a Phoenician priestess to Baal who built temples and imported priests to Baal. These decisions were temporarily good for security and the economy. But Elijah, a prophet of Yahweh, warned Ahab that unless Israel returned to the Law of God, God would send a drought so severe that not even dew would fall.
This passage is bracketed by a question that God addressed twice to Elijah, What are you doing here?
God’s first question is one of empathy
God’s second question is a question of commissioning
- David Peterson
Blue skies, sunny, 80 degrees. There’s a good chance that the morning forecast in heaven is perfect. Here on earth, though, we get freezing rain and all sorts of calamities. Storms in life are inevitable. The first response may be to cry out in fear. But if we have ears, we may discover a surprising peace, a deeper wisdom, and a more binding love.