1 Kings Chapter 19

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1 Kings 19

1 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.

Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.

And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.

But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.

And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.

And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again.

And the angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.

And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.

And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?

10 And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:

12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?

14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

15 And the Lord said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:

16 And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.

17 And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay.

18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.

19 So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.

20 And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to thee?

21 And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.

35 thoughts on “1 Kings Chapter 19

  1. vs3 we see Elijah’s 2nd flight because of Jezebel’s nasty threat. He runs to Beersheba and is provided supernaturally for his needs vs5. Beersheba is far into Judah (praise), about 40 miles south of Jerusalem ( where temple of the Lord is located) and nearly 100 miles form nothern Jezreel (which is the midway between Megiddo; aka ‘armageddon’ and Beth Shan) this tragic valley divides Galilee from Samaria, and an important battle site throughout the centuries. Elijah experiences 40 days and 40 nights of no food, and journeyed to Mt. Horeb aka Mt Sinai, that food was either supernaturally filling for a 40 day journey or Elijah was fasting it out alot like Jesus did when he was tempted by the enemy, after being baptized by John. Elijah’s experience with God was also alot like Moses’ in Ex 33. Elijah spent 40 days and 40 nights traveling apparently without food. Moses fasted durring 40 days and nights he spent on the same mountain, Elijah hid in caves and Moses hid in the rocky cleft. In both situations Israel deserted God for pagan idols, and both experienced God’s awesome pressence and were given messages from God.

    Its easy to feel alone, like the only one fighting and standing for God. Especially when we are traveling alone and on E. Just because we dont see or hear of others standing firm in God doesnt mean that others arent out there. In vs 14 Elijah thinks that he is the only prophet left. But God is omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent! later in vs 18 God expresses that He has reserved 7k in Israel, that small few salmon (thanks BroLi) that kept swimming against the current of Baal brains. Just keep swimming 🙂

  2. The LORD is so gentle with us.
    I went to a family outing in Missouri and I found JESUS and praised Him even though there were unbelievers everywhere there. JESUS WAS THERE WITH ME thank you Lord. Elisha was in a cave and God was with him. Thank you for letting me share this with yall.
    Lord bless everyone!

  3. In vs19-21 of Elisha following Eiijah..Elijah found Elisha as he was plowing with 12 oxen, which sounds really familiar to the 12 disciples that Jesus had during his ministy. Elijah passed by and thru a mantle on him, which suggests annointing, just as annointing with oil is indicated the appointment of a king. Although annointed, Elisha still had to undergo discipleship. Elisha wanted to kiss his father and mother good bye. Which sounds like a reasonable request, except for the fact that he is now yoked to the man of God, servering direct loyalties to his parents. In fact Jesus echoes the words of Elijah when he explained the cost of discipleship.

    Luke 9: 57 And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. 58And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. 59And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. 60Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. 61And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. 62And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

  4. ELijah had done a great work for the Lord, but the enemy was not going to give up easily. When we fell we have accomplished something for the Lord we should not let the enemy discourage us. Elijah seemed to have forgotten that he had just taken on 400 prophets and then he let one woman scare him. Satan will roar at us, but if God is truly with us as he says he will be, then we need not be afraid.

  5. I love Jesus in the morning
    Caused but not In

    11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:

    12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

    THE LORD CAUSED THE WIND AND EARTHQUAKE TO HAPPEN BUT IT WASN’T WHERE HIS PRESENCE WAS FOUND. We must always remember to seek the face of God instead of just the power of God.

  6. God chose Elisha.

    When the mantle was placed on his back, Elisha may have understood what it meant symbolically, but maybe not the whole picture.

    He was serving his parents in the field, doing what he was called to do, then God, in his perfect timing sent the man of God to lead and train him into his destiny.

    Starting churches, evangelizing, and preaching should be done only if we are sent.

    Romans 10:15
    And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

    The word sent is
    g0649. ἀποστέλλω apostellō; from 575 and 4724 ; set apart, i.e. (by implication) to send out (properly, on a mission) literally or figuratively: — put in, send (away, forth, out), set (at liberty). AV (133) – send 110, send forth 15, send away 4, send out 2, misc 2; I.to order (one) to go to a place appointed II.to send away, dismiss A.to allow one to depart, that he may be in a state of liberty B.to order one to depart, send off C.to drive away

    Chicken that isn’t cooked to the right temperature can cause food poisoning. So we who do not allow the process to complete itself, and ready us, will be undone.

    Death is that process as we heard last night. But once this process is complete it allows us to be very fruitful.

    The kingdom is more important than title. Anointing comes from the pressing. Seek first his kingdom and all these things will be added unto you.

  7. 4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.

    It must of been hard to be on top of the world one day as God consumed the sacrifice with fire & slay the prophets of baal. Just to be torn down with accusations and persecutions. That is why it is so important to see beyond the circumstances, not to forget that if He did it once, He will do it again. The trick is to stay in His presence, do not depart from it. This is a man of God that had be ministered by birds, and now by angels, and after seeing ALL the Awesomeness of God still vacillates in what to do next. How can we allow fear to diminish us to such an extend to be running in this case away from a woman.

    Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

    Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

    Isaiah 10:27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.

  8. CAVED IN

    13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
    14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
    15 And the Lord said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:

    GOD wants to know what his people are doing in a CAVE all CAVED IN by fear, trouble or sin.

    The news of the threat of wicked harlot drove this great man of GOD to a cave. There are several thoughts that run through my mind in regards to this occurrence:

    First, it would be easy to attack this man of great faith, I have been intrigued for years at how this man of intimidating faith could confront 450 false prophets in a prayer showdown match, slay them and then run from 1 loudmouth harlot. (However after several years of service in the Kingdom of GOD, I now realize the loneliness of battle and victory.

    Second, Elijah learned the power of GOD in a personal way. Elijah had witnessed the GOD of the FIRE on the ALTAR, and now had displayed his power and authority in the earth, wind and fire. However it was the voice of GOD that moved Elijah. This signifies a personal relationship which again identifies loneliness.

    Third, Elijah had to go back the way he came. Running out of fear generally means we will be required to retrace our steps.The LORD sent him back the way he came so he could face his fear.

    Finally, GOD was teaching Elijah the value of team building. Elijah anointed helpers along the way; Hazael, Jehu and Elisha were the support team for Elijah and we all need somebody.

    Leadership and being mightily used of GOD means loneliness but not fear. We must not CAVE IN but surround ourselves with people of like precious FAITH!

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  9. In the beginning of this chapter, we see how God always supplies. Even though Elijah thought he was alone, God was always with him. Sometimes, we may think the same; but, God is there ready to respond to our prayer. God provided everything that Elijah needed, from meals to strength.

    In the middle of the chapter, Elijah has to once again take a step of faith and go back the way he came as ordered by God. The Bible says….”Elijah went straight out…..” in verse 19 MSG. He was obedient to the work and instruction of God. We need not question everything, just do it!

    The end of the chapter, shows Elisha also answering the call and obeying the instruction from the man of God.

  10. This chapter illustrates on time. Elijah feared for his life because he thought he was all alone and because of Jezebel’s desire for vengeance. So therefore he escaped to the wilderness, which ultimately he ended up in a place where he heard from the Lord and discovered he was not alone. Just as Elijah felt he was alone and merely wanted to die, we too will discover if we seek the Lord that there is aid that will be there on God’s appointed time if we simply press towards Jesus. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  11. 5 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.

    God will make make a way for to prosper. In any situation God is in control, and if we would just realize as long as we allow Him to be in control we don’t need to worry.

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  12. 14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

    This verse makes me think of the backsliders that have been leaders and let life or friends persuade them to leave the truth. It is time we have a strong backbone and a stronger desire to live for God more than we did yesterday/last year. Its time we square our shoulders back and be what God wants us to be.
    My desire for myself is that when people see me they see God and want to know more about him.

  13. 4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.

    There will come times when it seems we are simply laying in the grave waiting for death to be finalized, yet I am reminded of some preaching on the subject “your tomb is your womb.” Death in the Kingdom speaks of resurrection; death out, life in. Sometimes we need situations that knock us so very low, because in that state we are able to be changed if we die to self and let God work. Elijah feels at a dead end, but God “sends” Hazael, Jehu, and Elisha out of that, as well as revealing the 7,000 faithful in Israel. At death’s door, even a remnant can seem like an abundance of blessing.

    Elijah felt no better than his fathers, yet through that tomb experience God raised up Elisha to be essentially a double-portion extension of God’s ministry as worked through Elijah. God blessed and broke to multiply. Like the widow with nothing left but some oil, she obeyed and poured that oil and from the oil came abundance to not only cancel the debt and save her sons but also a portion to live off of. We must be willing to go through the tomb when necessary, but we also must come out when God calls us forth.

    9 And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?

    10 And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

    11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:

    12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

    13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?

    Sometimes we seem to hear amazing message after message, experience powerful move of God after move of God, yet it seems our tomb situation never gets touched, never changed. We can feel frozen, locked in a place of death, but we cannot give up hope.

    Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. … Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. … And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. (John 11:32, 38, 39, 43, 44 KJV)

    When God seems “late” or unwilling to move in our situation, it can be tempting to get discouraged. But when it is time, we must have faith to move and go when He calls “come forth.” The graveclothes may still be clinging, but if we can just at least get up and accept the help God sends, we can walk in the purpose, promise, miraculous provision, and plan of God.

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    God is not a Pagan

    The Four Classical Elements
    Earth, Air, Fire and Water

    In modern-day Wicca and Paganism, there is a good deal of focus on the four elements – Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. A few traditions of Wicca also include a fifth element, which is Spirit or Self.

    The concept is hardly a new one. A Greek philosopher named Empedocles is credited with the cosmogenic theory of these four elements being the root of all existing matter. Unfortunately, much of Empedocles’ writing has been lost, but his ideas remain with us today and are widely accepted by most Pagans and Wiccans.

    THE PAGANS SEEK thier gods in signs…but we can hear our God in our heart. His still small voice.

  15. What a lesson! The world has come to an end for Elijah. All fellow believers have been killed and “he alone” remains. So, in an effort to save himself he hides in a cave. Once God has had enough of his depression and pouting, he calls him out of the cave for a personal experience with God; like no other can compare. As the Lord passed by, God was not in the wind, earthquake or the fire. He was the still small voice. When we find ourselves in the midst of the storm, try and find the still small voice and listen to determine what God has in store. Try to not be distracted by the commotion and miss the voice of God.

  16. 13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?

    What doest thou here?

    Many times we find ourselves in predicitaments that we should not be in. Whether we are running from a problem, or causing the problem, either way, we shouldn’t be there. Often times, we get distracted by the whirlwinds, and fires all around us so much that we fail to listen for the still small voice of the Lord giving us instruction, and leading us.

    We are blessed to have such a man of God who knows how to listen to that soft voice even with all the noise that surrounds.

  17. So many good things in this chapter that stand out. First God was not impressed with Elijah’s pity party. After all God had done through him, he finds himself in the valley, not willing to even encourage himself. But the mindfulness of God sent angels to minister to him and provide nourishment for him. Again, he goes into a state of “depression” of sort and pity me attitude and this time the Lord comes to him and speaks to him and sends him to mount where he speaks to him in the still small voice with direction. The Lord reminded him that he had remanent of people that had never bowed their needs to baal who was waiting on a s king to lead them and the instructions of who to anoint for that king.

    Many times in our lives we go through that valley where we for a season forget what the Lord has done for us and we wander in the valley of “pity me,” until God in His graciousness speaks to us through His word or man of God with direction to get us out of that mindset. God had already prepared Elisha to lift up the arms of Elijah with moral support and God will send people into our lives that will be an encouragement for us and lift us up.

  18. 20And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to thee?
    21And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.

    In the Amplified Version

    20 He left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, Let me kiss my father and mother, and then I will follow you. And he [testing Elisha] said, Go on back. What have I done to you? [Settle it for yourself.]
    21 So Elisha went back from him. Then he took a yoke of oxen, slew them, boiled their flesh with the oxen’s yoke [as fuel], and gave to the people, and they ate. Then he arose, followed Elijah, and served him.

    Our old man must die in order to bring forth fruit. Elisha not only left his old ways but completely destroyed his old lifestyle.

    Matthew 19:29 New Century Version (NCV)

    29 And all those who have left houses, brothers,sisters, father, mother, [a] children, or farms to follow me will get much more than they left, and they will have life forever.

    Footnotes:
    a. Matthew 19:29 mother Some Greek copies continue, “or wife.”

  19. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.

    Elijah had been alone to long, he had separated himself so much that he didn’t realize there were others who still loved God. There is a difference in separating yourself and secluding yourself. God pulled Elijah out of his seclusion and we see that Elijah allowed this rookie, Elisha to minister to him. He realized that it wasn’t a one man show.

  20. Instead of having a pity party for yourself have a Holy Ghost party………
    Ain’t no party like the Holy Ghost party

  21. When we as followers go not after God and the teaching of the man of God it not only hurts myself but the man of God also because the devil comes at him and says look your teaching it’s doing anything they forsaken you and God and it brings discouragement to him.
    We must follow God and the His men he has put in my life.

  22. Poor Elijah. He is the only one left! Well Yea.no one wants to attend a pity party! He slew all the false prophets but was afraid of a women? God had to look for Elijah who was hiding under a tree. Sound familiar? Adam, where are you. I am hiding because I am naked. And The WOMEN you gave me made me do it. LOL! Okay I too have been begulied by a women. So was Elijah hiding from God or Jezebel? Walking with God is not easy because our flesh gets in the way.

  23. 1. And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.

    It should have been told what God had done, not what Elijah had done – it’s not about us, it’s all about HIM.

    2. Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.

    So let the gods do to me? He had just proven that those gods couldn’t do anything; but that his God could send down fire able to burn sacrifice, wood, stone, dust and water and could certainly protect him from her (and her gods)

    Lord, help me not be deceived by the enemy’s powerless threats.

  24. There are times when we feel like we carry the world on our shoulders like no one is listening or hearing us. Elijah was brave but yet he also showed weakness, he knew he needed help from God he heard his life was in danger because he heard he was going to be killed by Jazabel. He was threatened didn’t take it lightly. He had to make wise decisions but didn’t feel capable, so he ran for his life to the desert instead of facing his killer. God had his back he forgot he wasn’t alone. God had angels out to protect him they took care of him when he was weak and down.

    The Lord heard Elijah even though he felt like he wasn’t heard. Elijah lost faith in God he didn’t seek him instead he let the enemy take over his thoughts. All is possible through God, all we have to do is seek him have faith and trust in him, never give up even when your life is at risk.

  25. V.12&13 Leaders are often very busy people. And they can easily get caught up in the activity of their obligations . If you’re a leader , thats why it’ s important to set aside times to quite yourself and listen for God’s direction. “Leader’s need to ask God to give them Samuel’s ear.

  26. Freedom From Discouragement
    v5 ” Arise and eat”

    1. Get up and eat this book ( GOD’S WORD)
    2. Go forth –In prayer a relationship with GOD
    to know HIS voice
    3.Service — Get back to work in GOD’S KINGDOM , and back with the saints of GOD.

    Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou strir up the gift of GOD, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
    For GOD hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Tim. 1:6-7
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  27. 17 And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay.

    You can’t escape God.

    But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the Lord: and be sure your sin will find you out. (Numbers 32:23 KJV)

    The tragedy begins when we think we have gotten away with something. But God will place someone there to find you.

  28. How amazing is God that he can cause an angel to feed you two times before you fasted 40 days and 40 nights. You know when you ate reading in the Bible about people like Elisha and Jesus fasting you don’t tend to think of the commitment, pain, or sacrifice in their fasting. We need to step up our levels if we are having a hard time with commitment, pain, or sacrifice, we have a hard time making it one day. Just think about how difficult it would be to go 40.

  29. 21 And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.

    Elisha made sure there was nothing to turn back to. He slew the things he was previously involved with. No more toiling over the things of this world he now followed after the thing God had called him too.

  30. And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah? (1 Kings 19:10-13 KJV).

    It seems that everything was attacking Elijah at once that the “Lord was not in”. But by his mercy God sent multiple ways of help to get him out of his troubled state. We can’t stay in caves to hide from our problems because they will always find a way to follow you and try to destroy you.

    I think the reason he was being asked what he was doing there was because it wasn’t God who placed him there. We can’t choose our own paths that we think is the better route but we need to wait on his plan/ his direction.

  31. 4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers. I just can’t imagine Elijah living in fear… Fear that can paralyze an individual from moving froward inGod’s kingdom!! Not so Elijah, how soon we forget what God has done in our lives, what we have experienced, and what our eyes have seen what God has done. Jeremiah 1:8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I AM with thee saith the LORD.

  32. 11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was
    not in the earthquake:

    12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

    13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
    Hearing and being able to decipher the voice of God is so important in our lives. God showed himself in many powerful ways in this passage of scriptures but in the end he spoke in a still small voice… How many time does God want to get our attention but we cannot hear his voice. This passage makes me want to take time to listen very intently to the voice of God.

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