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Proper 14, August 12, 2018, Year B, Elijah, Mt. Horeb or Sinai, Jesus is the Bread of Life[1]

In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen 

Poor Elijah, this wonderful prophet of Yahweh, of remarkable strength and energy, appears to be at the end of his rope. Jezebel, wife of the current ruler of the northern kingdom, Ahab is his name, is after Elijah. Why are they after Elijah? Because she is a follower of Baal, given free rein by her husband to worship Baal. Elijah is a fierce Yahwist prophet. They are on opposite sides of the religion wars.

To knock some sense into Ahab’s head, Elijah told Ahab there would be a severe drought and so there was. The Lord sent Elijah to Cherith to a Wadi where he would have water and food. But that didn’t last so the Lord sent him to Zarephath where a widow would care for him.

He has been through a lot. Jezebel is out to get him. Ahab is out to get him. The prophets of Baal are out to get him. His trial with the prophets of Baal and the fire that consumed his sacrifice but not the sacrifice of the prophets of Baal has happened. When this happened, Jezebel threatened 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 (meaning the Baal prophets that had been killed) by this time tomorrow.”


Summer 2018


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