Saturday, June 18, 2016

Choose to worship only God

From South Carolina-

450 to 1. These are the odds the Old Testament prophet Elijah faced more than 2,500 years ago.

At that time the nation of Israel was ruled by King Ahaz. Ahaz disobeyed the Lord. He oppressed the people and led them in worshiping agrarian fertility gods – the Baals. The land suffered from drought. God’s people were thirsty, and the crops would not grow. They looked at other nations and saw them worshiping these gods, who supposedly provided for the needs of the crops. Therefore they decided to hedge their bets and worship the Baals in addition to worshiping the Lord. Only Elijah remained true to the Lord.

Because Elijah called the people to repent, King Ahaz believed Elijah was a threat. He had been trying to kill Elijah. But then the Lord appeared to Elijah and told him to go to Ahaz. When Elijah met Ahaz and 450 prophets of Baal, Elijah challenged them to a test to prove who was really God.

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