I have a lot of favorite stories in the Word. One of them is about the time Elijah took on the 400 prophets of baal. A contest was setup between baal and God. Altars were built to God and baal. Wood was piled up on the baal altar. The sacrificed animals were place atop the wood pile. The prophets proceeded to pray and yell out to baal to consume the sacrifice with fire. They cut themselves until there was blood all over. But baal never showed.
THEN! Elijah built his altar with 12 stones representing the tribes of Israel. He told the prophets to pile up some wood and pour water on it. They get pouring. I imagine Elijah kept laughing… They put the sacrificed animal on top and Elijah prayed. The Word says, “Immediately the fire of Godfell and burned up the offering, the wood, the stones, the dirt, and even the water in the trench.”
WAHOO! Can you imagine?! This was no campfire. This was a fire so intense it burned up everything it touched, including the stones and dirt! Man that was some intense fire. Don’t you know Elijah had to dancing at this spectacle. Likely, BIGGER and BETTER than he could imagine. Don’t you know the prophets of Baal got a really sick feeling in their stomachs…
The story finishes with…
“All the people saw it happen and fell on their faces in awed worship, exclaiming, ” Godis the true God! Godis the true God!” Elijah told them, “Grab the Baal prophets! Don’t let one get away!” They grabbed them. Elijah had them taken down to the Brook Kishon and they massacred the lot.”
There is a price to pay when going up against an angry God. I am convinced even with the new deal of grace, this is still a price to pay.
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