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Date : 19-10-14 08:54
What Heathenism wrought (3)
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Although stern, bold, and courageous, Elijah was still a human being with human frailties. He experienced timidity, weakness, cowardliness, fear, doubt, and even depression, especially after a great victory over the prophets of Baal. He actually had a pity party, telling God he was the only faithful prophet left in Israel. However, God informed him 7,000 other Israelites also had not bowed their knees to Baal (1Ki 19:10, 14, 18). 

Elijah also exhibited a tender side. He was touched by the poverty of those living in need and hardship, and he showed mercy and loving compassion. This was especially true of his behavior toward a Gentile widow in Zarephath to whom he provided food and whose son he raised from the dead (17:8-24).

The impact Elijah had on Israel is so memorable it bridges both the Old and New Testaments. More is written about him in the New Testament than about any other prophet except Moses; Elijah is mentioned 30 times. 

Furthermore, Elijah did not die. While he and Elisha walked together, a chariot of fire and horses appeared between them. A whirlwind swept up the prophet and, in one deathless step, carried Elijah from Earth into the everlasting glory of heaven (2Ki 2:11).

Although the Old Testament phase of Elijah's work was completed, his ministry would not be over by any means. The Old Testament ends with the following declaration: "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he will turn toe hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse" (Mal 4:5-6).

Israel (the northern kingdom) was plagued with evil kings, beginning with Jeroboam (931-910 BC), who is intentionally caused Israel to sin by erecting golden calves in Bethel and Dan and telling the Israelites, "Here are your gods, O Israel, which brought you up from the land of Egypt!" (1Ki 12:28).

Total nineteen kings ruled Israel from 931 to 722 BC for 209 years. All of them were evil before the Lord. God brought invasion of the Assyrian army  to Israel and destroyed for their idolatry policy.

We must think about the lesson from them and apply that principle to the American situation. Every year we have so many immigrants coming from the world and bringing idols into the States. For example, one of them is the Muslim population. As Solomon allowed his wives and concubines to bring and serve their gods in Israel, so America does today.