Theme: COMMENTARY ON HEBREWS 11:32 - 40
Text: “And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.” – 1 Kings 19:1, 2.
Comment: Following the famous contest at Mount Carmel in which God “answered by fire” and 450 prophets of Baal, the god of fire were killed, God Almighty vindicated Himself as the only One deserving of worship. Consequently, Jezebel sent word to Elijah that he would be put to death within 24 hours. Elijah had to run for his life and while he sat under a tree, “he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers”. (1 Kings 19:4) Though the devil and his agents continually persecute the servants of God, and create obstacles for them, yet God will always help them. God directed birds to be bringing food to Elijah. Jezebel, despite her control of the powers of state, besides her witchcraft, could not carry out her threats in that God protected Elijah. It was Jezebel who died in a disgraceful and very violent way. (2 Kings 9:30-37) The Bible says: “The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken…the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.” (Psalm 9:15, 16) “He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him…” – Ecclesiastes 10:8, 9.