- King Ahab married a Sidonian
princess, Jezebel, and brought her to Israel,
- She introduced the worship
of Baal in Israel contrary to Israel’s tradition,
- Elijah, the prophet,
prophesied drought in Israel for three and half years as a result of Jezebel’s
- The drought caused severe famine in Israel.
- As a result,
Jezebel sought to destroy all the prophets of God.
- At this time, Obadiah,
(the man in-charge of Ahab’s household,) hid and fed one hundred prophets of
- Obadiah was sent by Ahab to search for water and grass in order
to save the King’s horses and mules,
- While Obadiah was searching for
water, he met Elijah and prostrated before him.
- Elijah asked Obadiah to
report his (Elijah) presence to Ahab.
- Obadiah said he could not risk his
life since Elijah could vanish from the scene at any time,
- Obadiah further
told Elijah of how he had hidden and fed some prophets of God in a cave when
Jezebel killed some of them,
- Elijah assured Obadiah that he was ready to
meet Ahab and that he should be informed,
- The king met Elijah and
accused him of being the troubler of Israel,
- Elijah counter-accused Ahab
of being the real cause of all the woes of Israel.
- Elijah proposed a
meeting at Mt. Carmel to settle who was the true God.
Lessons learnt from the encounter
- Unfaithfulness to God attracts punishment,
for sin brings untold hardship to both the innocent and the culprits.,
has a way of solving human problems,
- People should be bold to confront
those who cause human suffering,
- God protects his people from harm,
- Believers should take care of God’s people.
- It is good to
discharge any assignment given by a true man of God.