The reappearance of true prophets of Jehovah in this chapter is striking.
It seems to indicate that Elijah’s ministry had effected a change in the whole attitude of Public opinion, and even in Ahab himself.
- What was the difference between Ben-Hadad’s two demands that made Ahab reject the second, though he had yielded to the first?
What threat did Ben-Hadad make, and what was Ahab’s answer?
- How many times in this chapter is the intervention of a prophet recorded?
What can we ourselves learn from the messages these men were sent of God to deliver?
Prophets among the people of Israel were held in high regard.
Elijah therefore supposed that after so great a moral victory as that won on Mount Carmel, king and nation would return to Jezebel had no such awe in her heart, and Elijah found himself faced by her wrathful fury.
It was a rude shock to all his hopes.
- What difference do you notice between the account of Elijah’s flight at this time and that of his previous flights to Cherith and Zarephath?
What causes for his deep depression and sense of failure can you think of?
Read the story of verses 4-18 in the light of Ps. 103:13, 14. How did God comfort, teach and restore Elijah?
- What God’s call came to Elisha, how did he respond?
Are you also ready to do God’s will, in whatever sphere of service he may use you?
Cf. Mark 1:15-20. What do we learn from this passage about the way God plans for his work to be begun by one of his servants and carried on by another? Cf. 1Cor. 3:6.
- Verse 8. ‘Until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God’: the site of God’s covenant with Israel (See Deut. 4:9-20). This was probably the object of Elijah’s journey from the first.
- Verse 19. ‘Twelve yoke of oxen’ indicates a wealthy farm.
- How was the prophet trained in faith and obedience for the supreme struggle on Mount Carmel? What did the experience at the brook Cherith and in Zarephath teach him?
What was the supreme issue at stake between him and King Ahab?
- What was the secret of Elijah’s strength and victory?
See 18:41-45; Jas. 5:17, 18 and cf. 17:1 with Heb. 11:27b.
Note. 18:45, 46. ‘To Jezeel’: about seventeen or eighteen miles.
This extraordinary feat of endurance indicates that prophet was keyed up to a high degree of nervous tension.