The Final Showdown



Key Bible Verse: “Call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD.  The god who answers by setting fire to the wood is the true God!” And all the people agreed. (1 Kings 18:24)

Dig Deeper: 1 Kings 18:16-29

Elijah’s ancient showdown with the prophets of Baal was a cage match. This moment would be the moment when the ancient war between the pagan god Baal and Jehovah would be settled once and for all.

In 1 Kings, we learn that it was the confident Elijah who challenged the prophets of Baal to this showdown. The rules were simple: whichever God sent fire from heaven to consume a readied sacrifice would be declared the one true God.

The prophets of Baal were the first to try.  They spent all day yelling their mantras to Baal.  They even started cutting themselves to demonstrate to their god how serious they were about all of this.  They danced and pleaded and bled – from morning till evening.

As the prophets of Baal became louder and louder, and as their praying went longer and longer, Elijah began to taunt them.  In 1 Kings 18:27, he barks at them, “Shout louder! Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or travelling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened” (NIV).  Elijah’s Hebrew word for “busy” is sometimes translated to imply that Baal might be “indisposed.”  I like Elijah.  He’s feisty.  He’s gritty.  He’s human.  I think God liked him too.

– Johnnie Moore in Dirty God

My Response: When have I taken a stand for God?  Did I experience any fallout?  Did something good come out of it?

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