1 Kings Chapter 18
The Lord told Elijah to go to Ahab and then he would send rain to Israel. During this time, Samaria was experiencing a very severe famine. The king had summoned Obadiah who was his palace administrator.
The Severe Famine
King Ahab told Obadiah to get grass from various areas throughout Israel. He was hoping to save the animals from starvation. Ahab also went out to look for grass. When Obadiah went out he met Elijah, he recognized him immediately and bowed before him. Elijah told him that he would go and see Ahab.
Elijah on Mount Carmel
Obadiah then went to see Ahab. He told him about Elijah. When Ahab saw Elijah, he accused him of making trouble for Israel. Elijah told him that it was Ahab and his family that caused the trouble. He told Ahab since he abandoned God’s commands and started following Baal that he was the true cause of Israel’s problems.
Elijah told the king to summon all of the people of Israel at Mount Carmel. He was also to bring all of the prophets of Baal and the prophets of Asherah. Elijah met with everyone at Mount Carmel and told them to either follow their Lord God or to follow Baal. The people did not say anything to Elijah.
Elijah Builds an Altar
Then Elijah restored the altar that was for the Lord. He took twelve stones to rebuild it. Each stone represented one of the twelve tribes that had descended from Jacob. Elijah set up the wood and cut a bull into pieces. Then he put the pieces on the wood. He told the people to pour water on the wood and offering. Elijah then asked God to answer him so the people would know that the Lord was the true God of Israel.
God Gives a Sign
God then burned the wood and sacrifice. The people then cried out that the Lord was their God. Elijah told them to seize the Baal prophets and later the prophets were killed. Elijah went to the top of Mount Carmel and told his servant to look at the sea. After his servant looked at it seven times, he saw a cloud. Then the sky turned dark and it began to rain.