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If Only I Could Punish My Enemies! – The Prophet Elijah

Friday, June 30, 2017

Along The Way: Desiring The Ministry Of Elijah?

At first glance we see power on display – Elijah calls down fire from heaven to consume two units of 50 soldiers of the Baal-influenced King Ahaziah

Then the king sent to him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And he went up to him, and behold, he was sitting on the top of the hill. And he said to him, “O man of God, the king says, ‘Come down.’”  Elijah replied to the captain of fifty, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty.” Then fire came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.  So he again sent to him another captain of fifty with his fifty. And he said to him, “O man of God, thus says the king, ‘Come down quickly.’”  Elijah replied to them, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty.” Then the fire of God came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty (2 Kings 1: 9-12)

Matthew Henry shares a powerful perspective on the confrontation: “Come down quickly, and do not trifle, the king’s business requires haste; come down, or I will fetch thee down.’’ Elijah relents not, but calls for another flash of lightning, which instantly lays this captain and his fifty dead upon the spot. Those that will sin like others must expect to suffer like them; God is inflexibly just”.

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