Lessons Learned from Elijah and Obadiah. 1 Kings 18:1-16. Sculpture of Elijah on top of Mt. Carmel in Israel. Among the greatest of the prophets Appeared with Moses at Jesus’ transforma-tion (cf. Mt. 17:1-13)
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1 Kings 18:1-16
Sculpture of Elijah on top of Mt. Carmel in Israel
Appeared with Moses at Jesus’ transforma-tion (cf. Mt. 17:1-13)
Great signs accompanied his ministry (Drought, Ravens, Oil and Flour, Fire from Heaven)
Note: “a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly” (cf. James 5:16)
Austere man, and straightforward in dealing with the sin he witnessed (1 Kings 18:18; 18:27; 21:20-24)The Prophet Elijah
And he 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 have followed the Baals.”
To King Ahab, when accused by the King.
And so it was, at noon, that Elijah mocked them and said, "Cry aloud, for he is a god; either he is meditating, or he is busy, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is sleeping and must be awakened.“
Mocking the prophets of Baal onMt. Carmel
So Ahab said to Elijah, “Have you found me, O my enemy?” And he answered, “I have found you, because you have sold yourself to do evil in the sight of the LORD: 21 ‘Behold, I will bring calamity on you. I will take away your posterity, and will cut off from Ahab every male in Israel, both bond and free. 22 I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, because of the provocation with which you have provoked Me to anger, and made Israel sin.’ 23 And concerning Jezebel the LORD also spoke, saying, ‘The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.’ 24 The dogs shall eat whoever belongs to Ahab and dies in the city, and the birds of the air shall eat whoever dies in the field.”
“You shall speak to him, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD: “Have you murdered and also taken possession?”’ And you shall speak to him, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD: “In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth, dogs shall lick your blood, even yours.”’”
We know his plain speech was appropriate, because they were words from God Himself
... And the high priest asked them, saying, “Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man's blood on us!” 29 But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.”
There was a limit to Obadiah’s faithfulness to Ahab (Thwarted Jezebel’s attempt to kill all of Jehovah’s prophets, by hiding 100 of them in caves). (3-4)
Lesson 1: Obadiah’s (and our) primary allegiance is to God! (Acts 5:27b-29)
Lesson 2: Entangle-ments with the world do not make us worldly, if we maintain personal righteousness (1 Cor-inthians 5:9-10)Obadiah – The servant of Ahab & God
I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. 10 Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.
Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers.
Those who are our elders are deserving of great respect and honor. They are to be treated with dignity.
Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.
The elders of our local congregation are deserving of great respect.
Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.
Those who instruct us in the word should receive special consideration as well.
Elijah accepted Obadiah’s testimony of his faithfulness (18:12-13) (Be careful when judging another: Rom. 10:3)Observations from the Conversation
For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.
One only has to raise himself to God’s standards, not man’s. “To his own master he stands or falls” (Romans 14:4).
Elijah accepted Obadiah’s testimony of his faithfulness (18:12-13) (Be careful when judging another: Rom. 10:3)
Obadiah did not compromise! (18:12) (No man can appeal to Obadiah as an example of compro-mise with sin!)
Elijah showed great courage (18:1, 18) (Preachers, elders & stand at the battle front should be encouraged.)Observations from the Conversation
However, they are righteous servants.
True Elijahs are not:
Lacking in personal integrity
Some Obadiahs are criticized as well.
They too are righteous servants
True Obadiahs are not:
Compromisers, fellowshipping errorists
Compromisers with the worldIs There Room in the Kingdom?
We are not all the same.
However, we all, despite different temperaments and different positions, can be faithful to God.
If one is faithful, he should be respected by all his brethren. This is necessary for the unity demanded by our Lord!