The mirror is a piece of furniture in the house. It tells us a lot about our physical appearance and not our inner mind or character. The Gospel to us could be compared to a mirror – telling you the good and evil. We are not tired of looking at ourselves in the mirror; same should be applied to listening and reading the Scriptures.
THIS TOPIC IS TAKEN FROM JAMES 5:17.
- Elijah was just like us – (Holy Bible)
- Elias (Elijah) was a man subject to like passions as we are (Holy Bible – KJV)
- Elijah was a man with a nature like ours (Dickson Bible & Evidence Bible)
WHY DO WE STUDY THIS TOPIC?
- Personality and character of Elijah – The prophet.
- God answers the prayers of His faithful servants
- God used obedient and committed men to fulfill his purpose on earth.
- God will never fail.
- Believe in the power of prayers either by yourself, Elders, Ministers & others.
CHARACTERS WE INTEND TO MEET:
God, prophets – Elijah (Elias), Elisha, Ahab, Ahaziah, kings of Israel & the false prophets of Baalism – Baalzebub.
Elias or Elijah lived during the Kingship of the sixth king of Israel, Ahab. (854 to 873BC). Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead ( 1Kings 17: 1). He was born and raised by a Jewish family of which we know nothing about. His birth place Tishbe, is interpreted to mean a converter and the name Elijah as “My God of power” or “Jehovah is my strength”. We know nothing about his childhood and his life. Most probably Elias was a child with no education or schooling. His father’s name was Sadok, while we know nothing about his mother. In the book of Kings, we find Elias entering the stage of history abruptly out nowhere, with a word of faith and power presenting himself to the king saying “and Elijah the Tishbite said unto Ahab, as the Lord God of Israel live, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew or rain these years but according to my word”. (1 King 17: 1)
Elijah proclaims a drought – I Kings 17:1-6
Elijah and the widow – I Kings 17:8-15
Elijah revives the widow’s son – I Kings 17:24
Elijah’s message to Ahab – the coming rain – I Kings 18:1-18
Elijah’s Mount Carmel victory – 20 – 30
The drought ends – v. 41
After the killing of the false prophets, Jezebel – the iron woman sent for Elijah, but God made him to escape – I Kings 19:1-10
God judges Ahaziah, who reigned after his father. He was as wicked as his parents – Ahab and Jezebel – II Kings 1:1 –
Ahaziah – fell from the window of the upper room and was injured, he wanted to know whether he would recover, but he inquired of the alar of a false god, “Baalzebub”, not Yahweh – Jehovah, the God of Israel. This angered the Lord, who sent a prophesy through Elijah to the King, informing him that he would die.
II Kings 2:1 – Elijah ascends to Heaven in the midst of three chariots leaving his mantle to Elisha – servant of the prophet.
ELIJAH WAS A MAN LIKE US –
- He was lonely, but not afraid, very courageous.
- His desire outweighed his desperation
- His compassion outweighed his complaints.
LET THE FIRE FALL:
As Elijah worshiped and prayed all alone atop the mountain, he mustered the courage to call down fire from Heaven. The fire inside of him drew down the fire of God, decisively defeating Baal.
Leaders, when will the fire come in our leadership?
According to Elijah, the fire comes
- When we know, our message is from God (v. 1)
- When we stand for what is right, regardless of the cost (v. 2 – 20)
- When our need is the greatest (v. 2, 5, 21, 22)
- When we take our need to the people (v. 20 & 21)
- When we bring others to a point of decision.
- When we face circumstances that only God’s fire light (v. 33 – 35).
- When we publicly trust God to do what only he can do (v. 33 – 37)
- When we hunger for God to receive glory (v. 36 – 39).
- When we desire for others to return to God (v. 37)
The prophetic mission of the prophet lasted fifteen years and made a profound impression on the imaginations remembered Elijah and expected him to return as the forerunner of the coming day of the Lord. (Mal. 4: 5)
In the New Testament, people during the times of Jesus thought He was Elijah himself (Matt. 16: 14, Luke 8). Others thought He was Elijah (John 1: 21). At the transfiguration of Jesus, Elijah appeared together with Moses. (Matt. 17: 3 – 4; Mark 9: 4 – 5)
UYO TOWN CHURCH OF CHRIST, 20 PAUL BASSEY STREET, UYO
INDOOR LECTURE PRESENTED BY BRO. G. G. EKONG (ELDER)
FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE, 2017