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Originally posted by jackflap
reply to post by Romantic_Rebel
Ah yes, Elijah. I remember when he gathered us all up on top of Mount Carmel and challenged the prophets of Baal to a showdown between their god and his. It was quite a scene.
The prophets of Baal prepared their sacrifice and laid it on the alter they had erected. They cried to Baal to answer with fire from heaven and there was no response. They began to ritualistically cut themselves and bleed on the alter and some others actually threw themselves on their alter and begged for Baal to answer with fire, but all was silent.
Elijah sat watching and could take no more. He told them to keep it up because quite possibly Baal was on the toilet and couldn't answer them just yet. Everyone laughed. Soon enough the prophets of Baal gave up and demanded that Elijah show proof of his God.
Elijah patiently erected an alter of stones as he regaled the audience with stories of times past when God showed them his power and glory. He prepared the sacrifice and placed it on the alter and even dug a trench around it. To further prove his point and to show that no trickery was involved he commanded some people to go to the sea and bring back buckets of water.
The water was poured on the alter and the sacrifice and he could tell that the people were still expecting trickery. So he told them to do it again until the trench that he dug was filled as well. They anxiously ran and retrieved more water and everyone was sure at this point that no tricks could be employed to ignite the alter.
He turned his back to the crowd with his face toward the alter and raised his hands as he fell to his knees. With a deafening crack, a furious lightning bolt shot from the sky and landed on the alter! Sparks flew skyward and everyone shielded their eyes and some even screamed. Fire enveloped the alter and the sacrifice and burned so hot that the stones were consumed! It was quite a show.
So impressed were we all that when Elijah demanded the prophets of Baal be taken and killed, we listened. They didn't stand a chance after seeing that! We had a grand old time and even that whole stunt couldn't keep Jezebel from wanting Elijah dead. Ahab was impressed though but he didn't matter. Jezebel was the real power in the land.
Edit to add that more than likely, the same thing would happen if Elijah came back. No one would listen.
[edit on 18-5-2010 by jackflap]