of God's Power
Friday, December 06, 2013
* Two Alternatives
* Baal's Inability to
* Elijah's Preparations
* God's Powerful Response
1Ki 18:21 ¶ And Elijah came unto all the
people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD
be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people
answered him not a word.
Inability to Respond
1Ki 18:25-26 And Elijah said unto the
prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress
it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but
put no fire under.
And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it,
and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying,
O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And
they leaped upon the altar which was made.
1Ki 18:30-35 And Elijah said unto all the
people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him.
And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.
And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes
of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying,
Israel shall be thy name:
And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and
he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two
measures of seed.
And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and
laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and
pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.
And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time.
And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.
And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench
also with water.
1Ki 18:36-39 And it came to pass at the time
of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet
came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let
it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy
servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.
Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art
the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.
Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice,
and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water
that was in the trench.
And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they
said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.