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Elijah the Trouble Maker

by on July 24, 2013

 

Elijah prayed that it would not rain and it did not rain. Because of that, the king accused Elijah of bringing trouble in Israel.

When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him,

“Is that you, O troubler of Israel?”

And Elijah answered,

I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, in that

You have forsaken the commandments of the LORD and

You have followed the Baals.”

From I Kings 18:17-18

Why did Elijah pray that prayer? Was he an angry man who wanted to make the people miserable? No, he was a man of God who knew the word of God.  Moses had made God’s words very plain.

  • If you obey, there will be rain.
  • If you do not obey, there will not be rain.

It shall be that IF

You earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today,

To love the LORD your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul,

Then I will give you the rain for your land in its season,

The early rain and the latter rain,

That you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil.

And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock, that you may eat and be filled.

Take heed to yourselves,

Lest your heart be deceived,

And you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them,

Lest the LORD’S anger be aroused against you,

And He shut up the heavens so that there be no rain,

And the land yield no produce,

And you perish quickly from the good land which the LORD is giving you.

From Deuteronomy 11:13-17

Elijah was simply praying that the Lord’s will be done and His word be established.

“When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, when they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin because You afflict them.  From I Kings 8:35

Prophets speak the word of God. Because of that, the people do not like prophets. When people speak against prophets they are speaking against God. God has called some people to be prophets. Those are faithful and true followers of the living God.

  • Why does God love prophets? Because prophets tell the truth.
  • Why do the people not love prophets? Because prophets tell the truth.

Prophets are the voice of God calling His people to faithfulness. They are not trouble makers. They are men of truth.

Honor the prophets among you. They lead difficult lives. They also lead lives of confidence and faith in the word of God. They have not chosen to be prophets. They are called by God to their task.

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