1 Kings 19:13 – And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
1 Kings 19:14 – And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
Hello readers, new blog today. It seems like there’s noone left. Anybody who is saved will come to this situation in their life. Just like Elijah did. Elijah had just seen the most immense provision and power of God at Mount Carmel, he’d slain all the prophets of Baal, the rain had come after three and a half years of abject drought… but after all this, there was still resistance and all it took was a letter from Jezebel to access deep seated fear in Elijah. Satan is very good at pushing our buttons, he knows the right button to press, the deep insecurities and failures that we have. Elijah wanted God to kill him, he had enough, he traveled deep into the desert wanting to end it all. To him, it seemed like he was the only one left, and today it can seem like you, if you are a truly saved person, you see people all around serving Baal, departed from truth, departed from the faith, departed from God, going astray, turning to the left and to the right. The Bible is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path, and it is a straight path, but many people leave that path, they go to new gods, it is vital for you, that you find truth, and that you hold it, that you keep it… don’t fall away. Those Hebrew children didn’t have a mummy and daddy in Babylon to make sure they didn’t defile themselves and depart from truth, but they stood when everyone else fell down. You can stand in modern Babylon today, in this world. Find the truth, lay hold on it, and KEEP it.
Before Mount Carmel, Elijah had met Obadiah, a man who was on his side. And along the way, we do need that little encouragement that there are fellow soldiers in this war on earth. Someone who is in the same kingdom as us, tracking the same path to heaven, the same path of truth, whose God is the Lord whom we both share in believing and obeying. But Obadiah was actually Ahab’s servant, and many Christians live under the yoke of an Ahab, they have been cowered down over the years and serve the Lord in small ways, but who never really get out there and make a real difference. Like Samson was moved by the Spirit of God “at times”, they are “at times” Christians, but their lives resemble Lot a lot more than they do Abraham. We don’t hear from Obadiah again, maybe he was one of the mute crowd assembled at Mount Carmel watching on. Watching the story unfold, rather than them being the one God was using to make a difference in Israel. Elijah was a difference maker, but Obadiah really wasn’t. There are too many people just going along, there are very few who will make a wave in eternity for Jesus Christ. Too many people who have found acceptance and even contentment under the yoke of the devil, not living in the true liberty and life and grace of Jesus Christ. People who fall away, who last a while, people who don’t truly follow the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible, who make their own rules, who make their own way, who are offended when the time comes to stick or twist, to obey or disobey.
Elijah felt he was the only one left who loved God, who served God, who obeyed God. Such was the state of Israel, God’s own nation, God’s own people, a nation and people to whom God had so wondrously revealed himself, and who lead them and provided for them nonstop… a nation who had God’s name, his word, his revelation, his light, his truth … and it goes to show today, it is people who call themselves the children of God who are actually the furtherest from God. It can really seem like noone is left. Noone who is actually going to stand on truth, to make a difference, to be different from the rest, and not for difference’s sake, but someone who can know truth and stand on it, and hold to it, and keep it, even when the devil, the world comes calling for it, wanting you to trade it in in exchange for your pride and lust. It is no wonder in 1 John the Bible speaks of being enticed, seduced… because the devil wants to pull you away from knowing and walking in truth, and being strong in it. It says in Jude “making a difference”… Jude 22… you can make a difference like Elijah did, like David did in the valley of Elah, or you can just exist and let the enemy run all over you and sift through your life, leaving all but a few husks, leaving a shell of legacy and impact and substance. Leaving husks, like those husks that the prodigal son was feeding to the pigs, which he wanted to eat himself, before he came to his senses and wondered what in the world he was doing, and how it’d come to this. Goliath ran all over Israel, he’d come out and bellow at the army, and they’d all flee from him to a man. All the men of Israel put to flight by a Philistine, whose god was no god, while Israel’s God was the Lord who created the heaven and the earth.
In amongst this story, in fact earlier on in Elijah’s story, it is important to notice all the prophets ate at Jezebels table. They were under the thumb of a woman. Women are the stumbling block to so many men, and so many men have been rendered useless by women in one way or another. So so often this is what unhinges any man, from great to small, from strong to weak… unless a man is able to conquer lust, and all things pertaining to women,such as like Jezebel who was manipulative and divisive, he won’t be worth a thing. Unless a man can overcome the wicked one. John wrote in 1 John repeatedly, “I have written unto you young men, because ye are strong and ye have overcome the wicked one”. Men are vital to the work of Jesus Christ (as are women), strong men, strong in the Lord, knowing the truth and walking in it, unhindered, undulled down by the Jezebel’s of this world. And here’s a hint… there’s Jezebels IN the church, the ones in the church are the ones who do the most damage. Jezebel knew how to play religion, she got Naboth killed in the name of upholding the law of God, she proclaimed a fast, it was the prophets whom she controlled. If you are woman, you should not be, and not wanted to be anything like Jezebel. It is interesting that it was eunuchs who threw her finally to her death. The eunuchs were invulnerable to her sexual wiles, and it takes the grace of God to overcome in many areas of life pertaining to women. It’s going to take supernatural strength to not be run over by a woman. So many Christian men are run by their wives, are subjected to women, are reduced to a price of a loaf of bread by a woman as in Proverbs. In Isaiah, the jjudgement of God is that women rule ov er them. God did not create it to be so, the man is meant to be the head of the home, thats Bible.
I have often wondered why Elijah took off to Horeb. Why? What was his thought process? But I think perhaps it is this… he was looking for the God of the past, the God that had appeared so terribly at Horeb to the children of Israel, the mount that burned with fire. But then God showed him a fire, and earthquake etc, all these things that happened the first time at Horeb… but God wasn’t in them. He was looking for the wrong thing, and in the wrong place, and actually out of the will of God. He was looking for the earthquake, the fire, the terror… but God was the still small voice. So often we believe in circumstances, they are our god, not the actual Lord God. So much so was Elijah missing the mark that God said what are you doing here Elijah? God was the still small voice. The Lord was mercifully, gently teaching Elijah that he is as much God now as he was back then, as much in control, as back then, as much powerful as back then. He is the God of now. So often we look back for God, when he is right now. Gideon met the Lord, and immediately began talking of the past, but God was right there right now about to send him. It says in the Old Testament, that one day Israel will no longer be living in the past, but living in the present. Just like Jesus said, God is the God of the living. Jeremiah 16:14,15 – Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that it shall no more be said, The Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, The Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers. … It’s time to have a little NOW revival in your life, because the same God who brought Israel out of the land of Egypt is the same God now. He’s not stuck back then, he’s not confined to them, those miracles and all his signs and wonders weren’t him, look for HIM, look for his still small voice and stop focusing on circumstances and events… they’re not the substance, the substance is the word of God. People get so stuck worshipping the “creature more than the Creator”. God isnt the God of the past, he’s the God of now. He is the “I AM”. Elijah was going back in time to where God appeared in all his glory, but that time was past. The still small voice, it continues today, commissioning his own.
And it turns out Elijah wasn’t alone, far from it, God still had seven thousand men who had not bowed to Baal, who hadn’t kissed Baal. This is the answer of God, and a promise still present today when you are feeling like there is noone left. Romans 11:4,5 – But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. It is nice to know there are others around who share the same hunger for truth, who want truth, who will hold to it, who will act upon it, who will keep it when the winds of change, when the enticements and allurements and temptations arise, when real life actually happens. There are people left, God is never without witness, he is never without his own, and he is the good, true Shepherd of the sheep, so we have to trust him, he’s got it sorted. You may not see the earthquake, the thunder, the lightning, the wind of Horeb, but that still small voice which commands those things, is the same voice clearly speaking today. If you will hear him, if you have ears to hear, heed his voice, because that voice is one which created this earth, and the one that will also end it. He is utterly in control, he is the author and finisher of our faith even, you don’t even get your own faith, you need his faith, you need him to give you faith, it takes his faith (hence the “from faith to faith” in Romans!”, hence why Jesus is called faithful and true!). Yes, it can seem like nobody’s left, and in fact there was a day when Jesus walked the earth that there came a cloud… Luke 9:34 – While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud. In the cloud of this life, we can’t see beyond it, because we are in it, but God sees everything, so we may not see the seven thousand others as Elijah didn’t, but God knows, God sees, God is in control, and God has his own, and keeps his own. There are others, and God will bring them along into your life when he sees fit, and how he sees fit. Yes it is tough, but we must do our part in obeying him where he has us, and trust him with the future. There are people left, even in these darkening days as the love waxes cold, as the truth falls in the street… you gotta hold on to the truth and see the power of the God.
Exodus 14:13 – And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
Exodus 14:14 – The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.