Participants: Kelly Mowrer
Series Code: HWAL
Program Code: HWAL000549
00:16 Hello, and welcome to His Words are Life.
00:18 I'm Kelly Mowrer and today we're going to be reading the story of
00:22 Ahab, and Jezebel, and Elijah; but before we get into
00:27 that story, let's pray together. Dear Lord, thank you so much
00:31 for an opportunity to sit in your presence,
00:34 especially right now, and to hear your word. Please may
00:38 the lessons that you have for each of us in this story today,
00:42 bear fruit in our lives, to your Glory. Thank you for loving us
00:46 and we love your so much. Amen, We're picking up in the book of
00:50 1st Kings, chapter 16, verse 34. This is the King James Version.
00:55 In his days did Hiel the Bethelite build Jericho:
01:00 he laid the foundation thereof in Abiram his firstborn,
01:04 and set up the gates thereof in his youngest son Segub,
01:08 according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Joshua
01:11 the son of Nun. Continuing now in 1st Kings,
01:15 chapter 17, King James Version.
01:18 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead,
01:23 said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth,
01:28 before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain
01:31 these years, but according to my word.
01:34 And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying,
01:37 Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself
01:41 by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.
01:44 And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook;
01:47 and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.
01:50 So he went and did according unto the word of the Lord:
01:53 for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith,
01:56 that is before Jordan. And the ravens brought him bread and
02:00 flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening;
02:03 and he drank of the brook. And it came to pass after a while,
02:07 that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain
02:10 in the land. And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying,
02:14 Arise, get the to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon,
02:17 and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there
02:21 to sustain thee. So he arose and went to Zarephath.
02:24 And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow
02:28 woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her,
02:31 and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel,
02:35 that I may drink. And as she was going to fetch it,
02:38 he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel
02:42 of Bread in thine hand. And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth
02:48 I have not a cake but an handful of meal in a barrel,
02:52 and a little oil in a cruse: and behold, I am gathering 2 sticks
02:56 that I may go in and dress it for me and my son,
02:59 that we may eat it, and die. And Elijah said unto her,
03:04 Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof
03:10 a little cake first, and bring it unto me and after make for
03:14 thee and for thy son. For thus saith the Lord God of Israel,
03:18 The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse
03:22 of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain
03:27 upon the earth. And she went and did according to the saying
03:30 of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.
03:37 And the barrel of meal wasted not neither did the cruse of oil
03:42 fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake
03:44 by Elijah. And it came to pass after these things, that the son
03:49 of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick:
03:52 and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in
03:57 him. And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee,
04:01 O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin
04:04 to remembrance, and to slay my son? And he said unto her,
04:08 Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried
04:13 him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him on his own
04:17 bed. And he cried unto the Lord, and said, O Lord my God,
04:21 hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn,
04:25 by slaying her son? And he stretched himself upon the child
04:30 three times, and cried unto the Lord, and said, O Lord my God,
04:35 I pray thee, let this child's soul come into him again.
04:40 And the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the
04:45 child came into him again, and he revived.
04:48 And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the
04:52 chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother:
04:56 and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth. And the woman said
05:02 to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God,
05:07 and that the word of the Lord in thy mouth is truth.
05:11 We're continuing with 1st Kings chapter 18,
05:15 and this is the King James Version.
05:17 And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the Lord
05:23 came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself
05:28 unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.
05:31 And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab. And there was a sore
05:37 famine in Samaria. And Ahab called Obadiah, which was
05:42 the governor of his house. Now Obadiah feared the Lord greatly:
05:47 for it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the Lord,
05:52 that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty
05:56 in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.
05:58 And Ahab said unto Obadiah, Go into the land unto all fountains
06:05 of water, and unto all brooks: peradventure we may find grass
06:09 to save the horses and mules alive, that we lose not all the
06:12 beasts. So they divided the land between them to pass
06:16 throughout it: Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went
06:21 another way by himself. And as Obadiah was in the way, behold,
06:26 Elijah met him: and he knew him, and fell on his face, and said,
06:30 Art thou that my lord Elijah? And he answered him, I am:
06:36 go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here.
06:39 And he said, What have I sinned, that thou wouldest deliver thy
06:44 servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me? As the lord thy God
06:48 liveth, there is no nation or kingdom, whither my lord
06:51 hath not sent to seek thee: and when they said,
06:54 The is not there; he took an oath of the kingdom and nation,
06:57 that they found thee not. And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy
07:02 lord, Behold, Elijah is here. And it come to pass, as soon
07:06 as I am gone from thee, that the spirit of the Lord shall
07:08 carry thee whither I know not; and so when I come and tell Ahab
07:11 and he cannot find thee, he shall slay me:
07:13 but I thy servant fear the Lord from my youth.
07:16 Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the
07:21 prophets of the Lord, how I hid an hundred men of the Lord's
07:24 prophets by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water?
07:27 And now thou sayest, Go tell thy lord, Behold Elijah is here?
07:31 and he shall slay me. And Elijah said, As the Lord of hosts
07:36 liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely shew myself unto
07:41 him today. So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him:
07:46 and Ahab went to meet Elijah. And it came to pass, when Ahab
07:50 saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth
07:54 Israel? And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou,
08:00 and thy father's house in that ye have forsaken
08:04 the commandments of the Lord, and thou hast followed Baalim.
08:06 Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto the mount
08:11 Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty,
08:15 and the prophets of the groves 400, which eat at Jezebel's
08:19 table. So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered
08:24 the prophets together unto mount Carmel. And Elijah came
08:27 unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between
08:31 two opinions? if the Lord be God follow him: but if Baal,
08:37 then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
08:42 Then said Elijah unto the people I, even I only, remain a prophet
08:50 of the Lord; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men.
08:54 Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose
08:59 one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on
09:03 wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock
09:08 and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: And call ye on the
09:13 name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord:
09:17 and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God.
09:22 And all the people answered and said, it is well spoken.
09:26 And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you
09:31 one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many;
09:34 and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under.
09:39 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed
09:43 it and called on the name of Baal from morning even until
09:46 noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice,
09:51 nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was
09:56 made. And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them,
10:01 and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking
10:05 or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he
10:10 sleepeth, and must be awaked. And they cried aloud, and cut
10:15 themselves after their manner with knives and lancets,
10:18 till the blood gushed out upon them. And it came to pass,
10:23 when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the
10:27 offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was
10:31 neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.
10:36 and Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me.
10:41 And all the people came near unto him.
10:43 And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down.
10:48 And Elijah took 12 stones, according to the number of the
10:52 tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the Lord
10:55 came, saying, Israel shall be thy name: And with the stones
11:00 he built an altar in the name of the Lord: and he made a trench
11:04 about the altar, as great as would contain two measures
11:07 of seed. And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in
11:11 pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill 4 barrels
11:16 with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice and on the wood.
11:18 And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second
11:22 time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it
11:26 the third time. And the water ran round about the altar;
11:30 and he filled the trench also with water.
11:32 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening
11:36 sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said,
11:40 Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this
11:45 day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant,
11:51 and that I have done all these things at thy word.
11:54 Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou
11:59 art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back
12:03 again. Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the
12:08 burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust,
12:13 and licked up the water that was in the trench.
12:16 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces:
12:20 and they said, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God
12:27 And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal;
12:32 let not one of them escape. And they took them:
12:35 and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon,
12:38 and slew them there. And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up,
12:43 eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.
12:48 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the
12:53 top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth,
12:56 and put his face between his knees and he said to his servant
13:00 Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked,
13:04 and said, There is nothing. And he said Go again, seven times.
13:09 And it came to pass at the 7th time, that he said, Behold,
13:14 there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea,
13:17 like a man's hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab,
13:22 Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain
13:25 stop thee not. And it came to pass in the mean while,
13:29 that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was
13:33 a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel.
13:38 and the hand of the Lord was on Elijah; and he girded up his
13:42 loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.
13:46 Reading in 1st Kings, chapter 19.
13:49 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal
13:54 how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.
13:57 Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying,
14:01 So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy
14:05 life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.
14:08 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life,
14:13 and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah,
14:17 and left his servant there. But he himself went a day's journey
14:21 into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper
14:24 tree: and he requested for himself that he might die;
14:27 and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life;
14:31 for I am not better than my fathers.
14:33 Please join me again next time. Goodbye.