Today we struggle to overcome atheism, apathy, and sexual issues, but in Elijah’s day, he fought idolatry. Unfortunately, Israel was worshipping the false God’s Baal and Asherah (Baal’s fertility goddess). This was because the evil queen Jezebel had promoted idol worship and her husband; King Ahab (king of Israel) allowed it and bowed to the idols too.
Elijah was one of the few in Israel to be completely faithful to God refusing to bow to the idols. He made a challenge to prove to God’s people who the real and true God was. So, Elijah, the prophets of Baal and Asherah, and the people of Israel assembled on Mt. Carmel for the contest. The idol’s prophets cried out to their god and he failed to respond. Their sacrifice lay on the altar rotting.
Elijah built an altar to God, had wood and the sacrifice placed on the altar. He had a ditch dug and gallons and gallons of water poured over the sacrifice: to make it more difficult for God? No, he did it to enhance the understanding of God’s power when he would burn the sacrifice. God sent fire from heaven and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the altar and licked up the water. Pretty extraordinary! 1 Kings 18
We expect healing, we expect, the sun to stand still, we even expect donkey’s to talk, but we don’t always expect the extraordinary. I believe in the extraordinary.