Pagan tolerance goes only one way; opposition is silenced. Ahab and Jezebel coveted, killed, and stole to get their way.
Scripture: 1 Kings 18:30-39; 19:1-8
- In our culture we are at the point of rejecting the fundamental law of God for a new pagan view of the world.
- God’s work in history offers us hope; though we feel like a small remnant, God works mysteriously and miraculously.
- Ahab was a spineless king, who married the wicked Jezebel, a priestess of Baal, prince of demons.
- Pagan tolerance only goes one way; opposition is silenced. Ahab and Jezebel coveted, killed, and stole to get their way.
- Elijah was courageous, living his name: “Yahweh is God.”
- Fearless, uncompromising, selfless, Elijah did not shrink back. He spoke the truth to Ahab: “I have not troubled Israel, but you have by abandoning the laws of God.”
- Oneism teaches that all of nature is one and divine.
- Twoism teaches that God is distinct and that all His creation exists under His law-word.
- Elijah didn’t conform his message to the culture of his day.
- Elijah was not there to deliver a spectacular show, but he was there to restore Israel to right worship.
- Elijah restores the very notion of God as transcendent, sovereign, and holy.
- Elijah builds God’s altar, restoring the approach to God, and recovering the nation’s true identity as God’s people.
- Elijah restores the people’s consciousness of sin.
- We need a revival today of the fire of the gospel to ignite the hearts of men and women to faithful living.
- Jezebel wanted to kill Elijah; we too will always face evil. Only God will put an end to evil.
- Elijah was afraid, running away from Jezebel’s threat.
- A broken man and suicidal, Elijah receives wonderful sustenance and healing from the Lord.
- Assuming that he was the only faithful Israelite was part of Elijah’s downfall. God has His people, and He is doing things that we are not aware of.
- Elijah arrived at Sinai, and was given a new vision of God, like that which Moses experienced in Exodus 34:4.
- We need to catch a renewed vision of God’s grace; God is in control, so we must continue on with our callings.
- Calvary is the final mountain. Jesus is the final bullock.
- We need to go back to the cross where the real power of God is revealed, to bring forgiveness and restoration.
- May the example of Elijah draw us to the cross.
- Contrast the religion of Ahab and Jezebel with Elijah’s faith in the true God of Israel.
- In what ways has the church compromised with the error and wickedness of the paganism in our culture?
- Are we tempted to feel we are the last faithful believers? What is the reality and what is God’s purpose in it?
- What can we learn to emulate from Elijah’s response to wickedness and error?
- Will we run like Elijah when our lives are in danger, or should we stay?
- What can we do this week to restore right worship?
- How does the grace of God at the cross give us confidence to live courageously in a hostile pagan culture?