1st Kings 19:1-8
Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had
killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 Then Jezebel sent a
messenger to Elijah, saying, "So may the gods do to me, and
more also, if I do not make your life like the life of one of
them by this time tomorrow." 3 Then he was afraid; he got
up and fled for his life, and came to Beer-sheba, which belongs
to Judah; he left his servant there. 4 But he himself went a day's
journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary
broom tree. He asked that he might die: "It is enough; now,
O LORD, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors."
5 Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep. Suddenly
an angel touched him and said to him, "Get up and eat."
6 He looked, and there at his head was a cake baked on hot stones,
and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and lay down again. 7 The
angel of the LORD came a second time, touched him, and said, "Get
up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you."
8 He got up, and ate and drank; then he went in the strength of
that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God.
God 1, Baal 0
Elijah had just finished challenging Ahab and the priests of
Baal to a fire building contest. Not only did the priests lose,
but they were all killed. Coincidently the drought ends. Now Jezebel
hears of this and swears revenge, to which Elijah flees to the
Southern most part of Judah. He seems pretty shaken by the threat
and figures he had done his job, discrediting Baal worship, and
his usefulness to God is done. However, God provides more yummy
cakes and has him go on a 40 day journey to Mt. Horeb (Northern
kingdom's name for Mt. Sinai) thus back in the Northern kingdom.
The 40 days and Sinai connection probably serve to connect Elijah
to Moses as a great prophet of the LORD.
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