With a hectic, demanding schedule, I have taken a break from blogging the past few weeks. Sometimes I am over-disciplined, causing commitments to lose their joy without a sense of reward or satisfaction. This brings stress, and I have had to take a break to rid of some. The holiday season is just a few weeks from kicking off, and I will be highlighting some of them in my upcoming blogs.
This week, I want to look at a topic I covered in my last Bible study. It comes off the heels of I Kings 17, where we see Elijah proclaim a drought over Israel because the nation had been worshiping Baal. After his proclamation, the prophet is commanded by YHWH to hide in Cherith by the brook and is being fed by ravens. When the brook dries up from the drought, Elijah is commanded to go to Zarephath and bless a poor widow, giving her grain and oil sufficient enough to see her household out through the famine that had hit Israel because of the drought.
The Mighty Renowned Prophet Elijah
Few characters in the Bible stand out more than the hairy prophet, Elijah. He was so well known that everyone in Israel could identify him, even King Ahab. The king even wrongly accused Elijah of being “The Troubler of Israel,” which was blame that should have actually fallen on the accuser, the king, for leading his people to idol worship, bringing the nation down.
What I want to focus on in this blog is I Kings 18. In the third year of the drought, Elijah was commanded by God to go show himself to the king. King Ahab reigned in Israel. It was his father, Omri, who established Samaria to be the capital of Israel. Keep in mind, this was a divided Israel, with Judah located in southern Israel and Jerusalem as the capital city.
In verse 4, we learn that Jezebel slaughtered the prophets of YHWH, and the governor of her household, Obadiah, who feared the Lord, hid 100 prophets from her. When Obadiah comes into the presence of Elijah, he recognizes him and bows to honor him. By this, we can surmise that Elijah had a good name, a strong reputation and was feared by men. Even men in high-ranking positions.
When Elijah commands Obadiah to go tell his master King Ahab that he is in the land, Obadiah is overcome with fear. We learn in the passage that Elijah is perhaps the most wanted, hated man in Israel by the response of Obadiah. It appears King Ahab put a warrant out for him in every nation.
Notice, Obadiah wasn’t afraid to tell his master that Elijah had come. He was afraid to tell his master Elijah would come, and Elijah would leave in the duration of his absence. Obadiah would arrive with the king, and Elijah would have evaded them.
Elijah gives Obadiah his word that he will remain and wait for the king.
What is Obadiah’s response?
Watch this space for Part 2
Written by Jori Sams
Jori Sams is a Christian author and freelance writer with nearly 2000 published pieces on the Internet, with over 1500 being published by Yahoo. Her books are published through Writeious Books. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her following the sun…