WHO WAS HE? WHAT
HAS HE GOT TO DO WITH US? WHEN DID HE
Elijah was a prophet who lived in Israel from around 899 to 850 B.C. after David and Solomon's kingdom had divided into northern Israel and southern Judah. In those days, many people in the northern kingdom worshiped foreign gods such as Baal and Asherah. That worship was encouraged by Israel's King Ahab and his queen, Jezebel (1 Kings 16:30-33; 21:25-29). Elijah appears to have been the only prophet at that time who had the courage to challenge the influence of these powerful people.
He challenged the priests of Baal to see whose god was stronger (1 Kings 16:29-19:18). He confronted Ahab and Jezebel when they killed Naboth in order to take his land and vineyard (1 Kings 21). Then, he challenged Ahab's son, Amaziah, when Amaziah turned to the god “Baalzebub” for guidance instead of turning to the Lord (2 Kings 1:1-16). Finally, Elijah challenged the false worship and cruel behavior of Jehoram, king of the southern kingdom, Judah (2 Chronicles 21:12-15).
Known for his miracles, Elijah predicted a drought (1 Kings 17:1), provided food that did not run out (1 Kings 17:14), raised a dead boy back to life (1 Kings 17:17-24), and called down fire from heaven (1 Kings 18:36-38; 2 Kings 1:12).
Elijah was taken up to heaven in a “strong wind” without experiencing death (2 Kings 2:11). This story, in which he left Elisha behind with his mantle, and a double portion of his spirit that enabled Elisha to perform even more miracles than his mentor, Elisha, is probably the reason that many believe that Elijah will return one day (Malachi 4:5). Centuries later, some people believed that John the Baptist was Elijah (Matthew 11:14; 17:10-13; Luke 1:17). Others thought Jesus was Elijah (Matthew 16:14; Luke 9:8; John 1:21, Mark 9:11-13).
called to be courageous like Elijah. In these days,
the Truth is often challenged or threatened by
"powerful" people and we must stand for Truth,
against error, no matter who or what is against us.
The epitome of faith in God, trust in the power of
God working in and through him, Elijah is a great
saint we can call on and learn from in these