SHOWDOWN ON MOUNT CARMEL

SHOWDOWN ON MOUNT CARMEL

INTRODUCTION
A. Elijah (Jehovah is God) is one of the greatest prophets of the Old Testament
1. Elijah’s prophetic ministry took place in 1 Kings 17-19 and 2 Kings 1-2
2. Elijah prophesied during the time of Ahab
a. Concerning the reign of Ahab…1 Kings 16:29-33
b. Probably the most evil king in the Old Testament
B. Elijah confronts Ahab
1. 1 Kings 17:1
2. Punishment was to come as a result of Ahab’s wickedness – no rain
3. Elijah leaves no question as to:
a. Who sent him
b. Where he stands religiously
c. What authority he has
C. The Lord then sends Elijah away (1 Kgs. 17:2-9), after 3½ years (Jam. 5:17), the Lord sends Elijah back to Ahab for the purpose of showing the power of God (1 Kgs. 18:1)
1. Elijah requests the help of Obadiah (1 Kgs. 18:6-16)
2. Note 1 Kings 18:3 – Even in Ahab’s house!!!
3. Elijah had asked Obadiah to bring Ahab to him – he was afraid to, but finally conceded.
DISCUSSION
A. MISPLACED BLAME
1. Elijah comes before Ahab… 1 Kings 18:17-18
2. Ahab was blaming the wrong person
a. He blamed Elijah for the drought
b. But Ahab was to blame because…
1) He had “forsaken the commands of the Lord”
2) He “followed Baalim”
3) Remember Hosea 8:7?
3. Today, many are blaming others for their personal troubles, or for their sins
a. We are living in a time when people refuse to be blamed
b. Most always have reasons why they are not to blame
4. We love to “pass the buck”
a. Genesis 3:12-13
b. Neither were willing to take personal responsibility
5. Some blame those who stand for the truth for causing trouble – but it is those who do not stand for the truth that are causing the trouble.
a. Elijah was pegged as a trouble maker, but it was Ahab who was the trouble maker
b. Today, many truth proclaimers are being pegged as trouble makers
B. DISOBEDIENCE THE CAUSE OF TROUBLE
1. The drought had come upon Israel because of disobedience
a. They had forsaken God’s law
b. They had decided to do thing their own way
2. God’s blessings has and always will flow upon those are obedient to His will
a. Galatians 6:7-8
b. Revelation 22:14… Many today are making light of obedience
c. Notice what will happen to those who will not obey… 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9
d. We will be rewarded or punished depending on how we have handled the word of God
3. Our own personal disobedience can also at times cause trouble for others, as was the case with Ahab
a. Our ungodly use of the tongue or our poor attitude can greatly harm the body of Christ
1) Belittling the church or individuals does great harm
2) Bad attitudes, or negative attitudes do great harm
b. Sinful actions can effect others – hypocrites…
C. THE SHOWDOWN (1 Kgs. 18:19-40)
1. Elijah gathers the people (vs. 19-20)
a. Gathered all Israel
b. Gathered 850 false prophets
c. It is now time to put up or shut
2. An important question is asked
a. 1 Kings 18:21
b. Elijah is asking them why they are holding on to two sentiments – or, why are they in favor of two opinions?
c. Joshua 24:14-15
d. Matthew 6:24
e. Israel was going to have to choose, they could not have it both ways
1) Today, to many are trying to straddle the fence
2) We can’t stay neutral!
f. Who was Israel going to serve? Notice…
3. The Test
a. 1 Kings 18:22-24
b. The prophets of Baal were to cut up two bullocks into pieces and lay them on a pile of wood and call on their god to put fire thereon
c. Elijah was to do the same
d. The God that does so is the TRUE GOD
e. Today we need to test the prophets
1) 1 John 4:1
2) Revelation 2:2
3) We need to check ourselves… 2 Corinthians 13:5
4. The prophets of Baal begin (1 Kgs. 18:25-29)
a. The prophets of Baal called upon their gods from morning until noon, but nothing happened
b. They leaped on the altar, cut themselves, cried even louder – but still, nothing happened
c. Elijah begins to mock their gods by saying:
1) No true God would be talking and at the same time not be able to hear
2) No true God would be preoccupied and not hear
3) No true God would be on a long journey and not hear
4) No true God would be asleep and not hear
d. Today we need to realize that they things of this world cannot answer our cry
1) Matthew 6:19-21
2) The things of this world cannot give us what we really need
3) To call on the world to satisfy us is to act as silly as the prophets of Baal
5. The prophet of God begins (1 Kgs. 18:30-39)
a. Elijah rebuilds the altar of God
b. Elijah, though, makes the test even harder – a trench is dug around the altar and filled with water
c. Elijah cries unto the Lord to prove that:
1) He is God’s prophet
2) That He is the One and True Living God
d. 1 Kings 18:38-39
1) God proved who He is – and the people feared and believed
2) Today we must prove that God is, that the Bible is His word, that the Bible is His message for us, and that we must obey those words.
3) 1 Peter 3:15
4) Isaiah 41:21
5) Acts 24:25
6. The false prophets slain
a. 1 Kings 18:40
b. This was God’s commandment
1) Deuteronomy 13:1-5
2) Deuteronomy 18:20
c. In the Old Testament the false prophet was to be slain, in the New Testament the false prophet/teacher is to be withdrawn from
1) 2 Thessalonians 3:6, 14-15
2) 1 Timothy 6:3-5
CONCLUSION
Valuable lessons:
1. Look to blame ourselves first
2. God blesses those who keep His commandments
3. We cannot ride the fence
4. The world cannot answer our cry
5. The false teacher will be punished

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.parkheightscoc.com

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Gospel Preacher for the Park Heights church of Christ in Hamilton, TX. I stand for and defend the truth of God's word. All other degrees and diplomas mean very little in comparison.
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