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.
Talking dogs are all the rage. Well, if TV shows and cartoons are any indication, some dogs can talk. I’ve heard of YouTube videos where dogs are supposed be talking and sometimes it seems like they are speaking English. I think Mr. Ed’s voice was a human voice recorded to make it sound like a horse talking. I’m being silly now, but when we think an animal talks, it is probably just the natural aspect of sounds and phonetics coming together to sound like words. It happens when you listen to a recording backwards, sometimes the phonetics and sounds come together and sound like words (this is without purposeful back masking).
Do you believe that a donkey talked? There was a bad prophet of God who believes that a donkey talked. Balaam was a bad boy. He liked money and Balak the king of Moab hired him to curse Israel. God wouldn’t let him curse Israel, so whenever he spoke to curse, blessings from God came out of his mouth. Of course this upset Balak, so Balaam didn’t get paid.
Numbers 22:21ff, record Balaam’s donkey talking to him. In fact, he responded to Balaam angrily beating him for pinning his leg against a rock wall. The donkey actually saved Balaam’s life, but what thanks did the donkey get, a beating.
Animals do not naturally speak in human language, but God, being all-powerful has the ability to make them talk if he so desires, Balaam’s donkey talks and makes a fool of Balaam, and Balaam was a greedy fool who helped Balak seduce Israel into sin and then Israel received the consequences for their sin.
Just because a person believes and says something to be true, does not mean it is.
For instance, twenty years ago, OJ Simpson was on trial for murder and was not convicted. It seemed most people believed that he was guilty. Without definite proof, how can anyone know? Just because I think he is does not mean that he is.
I believe the Bible is true, but just because I believe it doesn’t make it so. The Bible is true, so I believe it. The evidence in immutable that the Bible is true. Examine Josh Mcdowell’s Evidence That Demands a Verdict.