Why we need a miracle

Why we need a miracle

1 Kings 18: 38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.

1.      This is the occasion of the most spectacular miracle performed in the Bible
2.      Why Elisha turned to happen a miracle
3.      Why he did not read out the Book of Laws and try to revive faith in the people
4.      Why he did not, all of a sudden, annihilate the Ahab and his family and replace the kingdom with some else who fears the Lord.
5.      Why a miracle?
6.      Because:
The King has turned away from god

1 Kings 16: 28 - 31
28 And Omri slept with his fathers, and was buried in Samaria. And Ahab his son reigned in his place.
29 And in the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah, Ahab the son of Omri began to reign over Israel. And Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty-two years.
30 And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD above all who were before him.
31 And as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, he also took Jezebel, the daughter of Eth-baal king of the Sidonians, for a wife. And he went and served Baal, and worshiped him.

1.      He took to wife Jezebel
2.      This was the head and chief of his offending
3.      He took to wife, not only a heathen, but one whose hostility to the true religion was well known, and carried to the utmost extent.
4.      Such as the kings and people of Israel were expressly forbidden to marry

                    i.      She was the idolatrous daughter of an idolatrous king
                  ii.      She practiced it openly
                iii.      She not only countenanced it in others, but protected it, and gave its partisans honors and rewards
                iv.      She used every means to persecute the true religion
                  v.      She was hideously cruel, and put to death the prophets and priests of God
                vi.      And all this she did with the most zealous perseverance and relentless cruelty

5.      Notwithstanding Ahab had built a temple, and made an altar for Baal, and set up the worship of Asherah, the Sidonian Venus
6.      Later  the worship place of Asherah transformed into a grove
7.      The strong-minded Jezebel completely mastered the vacillating Ahab
8.      She became the real ruler of the land, slaying the prophets of Jehovah, and compelling the people to reverence her demon deities.


1.      Means – lord
2.      In the Old Testament - an idol of the Phoenicians, and particularly of the Tyrians
3.      This worship was also introduced with great solemnities among the Hebrews, and especially at Samaria
4.      The worship of Baal was established in Babylon in the famous tower of Babel
5.      The uppermost room of which served at the same time as an observatory, and as the repository of a collection of astronomical observations.
6.      The more common opinion has been, that Baal, or Bel, is the sun; and that, under this name, this luminary received divine honors.
7.      The sun-god, under the general title of Baal, or "lord," was the chief object of worship of the Canaanites.
8.      Each locality had its special Baal, and the various local Baals were summed up under the name of Baalim, or "lords."
9.      The temples and altars of Ball were generally on eminences
10.  Human victims were offered to Baal
11.  The children of Israel were prone to serve Baal.
12.  Under Samuel they put away their idols

1 Samuel  7:3,4
3   And Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel saying, If you return to the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts to the LORD, and serve Him only. And He will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.
4   And the sons of Israel put away the Baals and the Ashtaroth, and served the LORD only.

13.  This continued under David and Solomon
14.  But under Ahab, whose wife Jezebel was a daughter of the Zidonian king Ethbaal, the worship of Baal was restored with great pomp
15.  It was known to the Israelites as Baal-peor


1.      When a King ignores the worship and laws of God, the whole Nation falls into the trap of devil
2.      When a spiritual leader falls to devil, the whole congregation falls
3.      When the head of a Church succumbs to devil, the whole church become a slave to devil
4.      That what we see around.
5.      So we need a miracle.

Israel left god and worshiped baal

1 King 18:21   And Elijah came to all the people and said, How long are you limping over two opinions? If Jehovah is God, follow Him. But if Baal is God, then follow him. And the people did not answer him a word.           

1.      They dreaded Jehovah, and therefore could not totally abandon him - they feared the king and queen, and therefore thought they must embrace the religion of the state.
2.      Their conscience forbade them to do the former - their fear of man persuaded them to do the latter
3.      But in neither were they heartily engaged
4.      They were waiting for a favourable opportunity to make their decision.
5.      Such an opportunity now, through the mercy of God, presented itself.
6.      They had long been attempting to conjoin the service of God with that of Baal.
7.      It was an impracticable union and the people were so struck with a sense of their own folly, or dread of the king's displeasure, that they "answered not a word."
8.      Elijah proposed to decide for them the controversy between God and Baal by an appeal, not to the authority of the law, but by a visible token from Heaven.
9.      Fire was the element over which Baal was supposed to preside
10.  Elijah proposed that two bullocks should be slain and placed on separate altars of wood - the one for Baal - the other for God.
11.  On whichever the fire should descend to consume it, the event should determine the true God, whom it was their duty to serve.
12.  The priests of Baal commenced the ceremony by calling on their god.
13.  No response was heard. No fire descended.
14.  Elijah first repaired an old altar of God, which Jezebel had demolished.
15.  When he had offered an earnest prayer, the miraculous fire descended
16.  The people with one voice acknowledged the supremacy of Jehovah as the true God.
17.  Elijah called on them to seize the priestly impostors, and by their blood fill the channel of the river (Kishon)

18.   So we also need a miracle to force the people to decide on which side they should stand.

Drought and famine could not  yet  turn the people to god

1.      Many an occasion God uses three weapons to punish men.
                     i.      Famine
                   ii.      War (enemies)
                  iii.      Pestilence

2 Samel 24:12, 13
12  Go and say to David, So says Jehovah, I offer you three things. Choose one of them, so that I may do it to you.
13  And Gad came to David, and told him, and said to him, Shall seven years of famine come upon you and on your land? Or will you flee three months before your enemies while they pursue you? Or shall there be three days' plague in your land? And advise, and see what answer I shall return to Him who sent me.
2.      Israel at the time of Ahab was punished by drought and famine

1 Kings 17:1     And Elijah the Tishbite, of the sojourners of Gilead, said to Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except according to my word.

3.      But they did not turn to God.

1 King 18:21   And Elijah came to all the people and said, How long are you limping over two opinions? If Jehovah is God, follow Him. But if Baal is God, then follow him. And the people did not answer him a word.           

1 King 18:36 - 39
36 And it happened at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet came near and said, LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel, and that I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word.
37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that You are Jehovah God, and that You have turned their heart back again.
38 And the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the burnt sacrifice and the wood, and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
39 And when all the people saw, they fell on their faces. And they said, Jehovah, He is the God! Jehovah, He is the God!

4.      So we also need a miracle.

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