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Elijah promises to meet Ahab

1 Kings 18:15

God’s word is only a judgment of death against wicked people who refuse to turn from their evil deeds (2 Corinthians 2:15-16). To God’s loyal people, his commands bring life (Deuteronomy 30:15-20).

However, when Obadiah heard God’s command to him, he became afraid (18:8-9). At once, he appealed to Elijah to save his life. Obadiah expected Ahab to kill him when Ahab heard about Elijah’s return. It is interesting to compare 1 Kings 18:9 with how the widow in Zarephath appealed to Elijah after her son’s death (17:18).

By the Spirit of God, Elijah had commanded Obadiah to tell Ahab that he (Elijah) had returned (18:8). So, Obadiah had to act as God’s servant to take this message. A servant must simply obey his master; he has no right to know what his master’s plans are. So Obadiah had no right to know why God was sending him.

However, God is a good and kind master. He saw Obadiah’s fear; and he permitted Elijah to say something to comfort Obadiah.

Elijah made a serious promise in front of God. His message was not a judgment of death to Obadiah. Ahab had waited for 3 years to meet with Elijah – but he would wait no longer. Elijah would meet with Ahab that same day. That was as certain as the fact that God himself is alive.

Next part: Ahab comes to Elijah (1 Kings 18:16-18)


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