Elijah & the God Who Responds

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Sermon Notes

1 Kings 18:30-39

In the days when evil King Ahab ruled the northern tribes of Israel, God called on His prophet Elijah to summon the people back to Himself.  On Mount Carmel, Elijah faced off against 850 prophets of Baal and Asherah to see whose deity would send fire to burn the sacrifice upon the altar.  Only Elijah’s God was able to respond—and in a very convincing way!

Isaiah 46 illustrates the problem with idols—whether statues or anything else people honor above the One True God:

  • They must be created by people.
  • They must be sustained by people.
  • They have no power to respond to the needs of people.

But we serve a living, loving and powerful God!

  • He is able to hear every prayer.
  • He is able to care about every need.
  • He is able to respond with wisdom and power.

“Listen to Me…you whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth.  Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you.  I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”  – Isaiah 46:3-4