1 Kings – Chapter 19

1kings chapter 19

Verse 2 – Jezebel was furious about what Elijah had done. These prophets always told her what she wanted to hear. On the other side, Elijah always prophesied doom and gloom to Ahab and Jezebel. Elijah who had caused the death of these prophets had become a thorn in Jezebel’s side. As long as God’s prophet was around, she couldn’t carry out all the evil she wanted.
Verse 3 – Elijah had two great victories; the defeat of the prophets of Baal and the answered prayer for rain, yet felt discouraged and feared for his life. However, God led Elijah out of his depression by letting him eat and rest first. Then God confronted him with the need to return to his mission—to speak God’s words in Israel. I don’t believe we are ever finished with the mission God has given His people until God says it is finished.
Verses 5-8 – After Elijah ate and rested, he returned to the place where the covenant had been given, Mount Horeb, or Sinai. There, Elijah would have his personal faith renewed by God’s presence. Obviously, God gave Elijah special strength to travel over 200 miles—without additional food.
Self Pity
Verses 9, 10 – Sometimes it may look like, “Lord am I the only one trying to do what’s right?” Be assured that even if you don’t know another person who is being faithful and obedient to God, there are. Self-pity will start to dilute the good we are doing.
Verses 11-13 – To look for God only in something big (rallies, churches, conferences, and highly visible leaders) may be to miss Him because He is often found gently whispering quietly in a humbled heart.
Verses 15, 16 – God’s command first pointed to judgment. Elijah was to anoint Hazael as king over Aram. God was going to use an enemy king to punish Israel for its sin. Jehu was to be anointed king over Israel. Jehu would destroy those who worshiped the false god Baal (2 Kings 9; 10). The third person Elijah was to anoint was Elisha. Elisha’s job was to point the people of Israel (the northern kingdom) back towards God. During this time Jehoshaphat, a king devoted to God, ruled the southern kingdom.
Verses 19-21 – The cloak or mantle was the most important article of clothing a person could own. A cloak was used for, protection against weather, as bedding, as a place to sit, or as luggage. It could also be given for a debt or torn into pieces to show grief. Elijah put his cloak on Elisha’s shoulders to show that he would become Elijah’s successor. Elisha’s capability to celebrate his new calling with sacrifices and feasting for the whole community indicated his family was very prosperous. This meal was more than a feast among farmers; it was an offering of thanks to the Lord who chose Elisha to be His prophet.

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