"Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.” - 1 Kings 18:37
Turning our attention to the biblical narrative in 1 Kings, we examine the characters of King Ahab and the prophet Elijah. Ahab's disobedience and idolatry led to a drought that affected the entire land, while Elijah fearlessly confronted him with a message from God.
We then shift our focus to the dramatic showdown between Elijah and the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. The challenge is set - to call on their respective gods to ignite the wood on the altar without any physical aid. As the prophets of Baal fail to receive a response, Elijah rebuilds an old altar and drenches it in water before calling on the Lord.
In a breathtaking moment, the fire of God descends and consumes not only the sacrifice but also the stones, dust, and water. We reflect on the consuming fire as a symbol of God's power to burn away our sins, purify our hearts, and reveal Himself as the one true God.
As we discuss the impact of this consuming fire, we consider how the material possessions and concerns of life can also consume us if not kept in perspective. Just like the Israelites who fell on their faces and acknowledged the Lord as God when they witnessed His consuming fire, we too are reminded of the importance of surrendering to His all-consuming presence.
Recorded September 18th, 2023
Scripture: 1 Kings 18:16-39
Message by Linda Alf