Give an account of the meeting between Elijah and Obadiah

1Kings16:29- 33;18:1-19: 
  • 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
    apostasy, 
  • 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
    the Lord, 
  • 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

  1. Unfaithfulness to God attracts punishment, 
  2. Punishment
    for sin brings untold hardship to both the innocent and the culprits.,
  3. God
    has a way of solving human problems, 
  4. People should be bold to confront
    those who cause human suffering, 
  5. God protects his people from harm, 
  6. Believers should take care of God’s people. 
  7. It is good to
    discharge any assignment given by a true man of God.

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