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Monday, April 15 2013

Elijah's Return From Mount Sinai

The English rendering of "Horeb" is from the Hebrew word pronounced kho-rawb, meaning dry, or desolate (dry places tend to be desolate). It was the name applied to the mountain range, in the Sinai Peninsula, in which Mount Sinai is located (see Paul's Geography Lesson). The Holy Scriptures sometimes use "Horeb" and "Sinai" interchangeably, keeping in mind that the Horeb mountain range is only part of the Sinai Peninsula, and that Mount Sinai is only part of the Horeb mountain range.

"8:9 There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone, which Moses put there at Horeb, when the LORD [see The Kingdom Of The LORD God] made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt." (1 Kings 8:9 KJV)

"31:18 And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon Mount Sinai, two tables of testimony [see Turning The Tables], tables of stone, written with the finger of God." (Exodus 31:18 KJV)

When the prophet Elijah's time of service was nearing its successful completion, Elijah removed himself from the deadly threats that had been spewed upon him by the wicked Jezebel (see also What Does Wicked Mean?) and her bewitched husband Ahab (see Ahab Of Israel). Elijah made the long journey from northern Israel to Mount Sinai, to the very place that Moses had met with the LORD (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: Moses).

The Sinai Peninsula

"19:1 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. 19:2 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.

19:3 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba [see also The Wells Of Beersheba], which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there. 19:4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and 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.

19:5 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.

19:6 And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again.

19:7 And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.

19:8 And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God." (1 Kings 19:1-8 KJV)

Elijah is one of only a very-few recorded people (i.e. the conversation was recorded for the Scriptures) that the LORD spoke to on a personal level.

"19:9 And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?

19:10 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

19:11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD.

And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: 19:12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. 19:13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave.

And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?

19:14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away." (1 Kings 19:9-14 KJV)

The LORD then commanded Elijah to return - not to his own death, but for that of the evil ones who had rejected the Word of God for themselves (see also What Does Word of God Mean To You?).

Damascus

"19:15 And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria: 19:16 And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room. 19:17 And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay. 19:18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him." (1 Kings 19:15-18 KJV)

Also on the return journey - the choosing of a successor for Elijah, Elisha (see also Elisha's Miracles).

"19:19 So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.

19:20 And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee.

And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to thee?

19:21 And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat.

Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him." (1 Kings 19:19-21 KJV)

Everything was accomplished exactly as the LORD proclaimed. Ahab, while in battle, disguised so as to not appear as the king (which would have drawn heavy fire upon himself) was nevertheless killed by a "random" shot, "according unto the word of the LORD which he spake."

"22:34 And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness: wherefore he said unto the driver of his chariot, Turn thine hand, and carry me out of the host; for I am wounded. 22:35 And the battle increased that day: and the king was stayed up in his chariot against the Syrians, and died at even: and the blood ran out of the wound into the midst of the chariot. 22:36 And there went a proclamation throughout the host about the going down of the sun, saying, Every man to his city, and every man to his own country.

22:37 So the king died, and was brought to Samaria; and they buried the king in Samaria. 22:38 And one washed the chariot in the pool of Samaria; and the dogs licked up his blood; and they washed his armour; according unto the word of the LORD which he spake." (1 Kings 22:34-38 KJV)

Jezebel too died in the way that she had brought upon herself,"which he spake by his servant Elijah."

"9:30 And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window. 9:31 And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace, who slew his master?

9:32 And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who is on my side? who? And there looked out to him two or three eunuchs. 9:33 And he said, Throw her down. So they threw her down: and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he trode her under foot.

9:34 And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said, Go, see now this cursed woman, and bury her: for she is a king's daughter. 9:35 And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands. 9:36 Wherefore they came again, and told him. And he said, This is the word of the LORD, which he spake by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel: 9:37 And the carcase of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of the field in the portion of Jezreel; so that they shall not say, This is Jezebel." (2 Kings 9:30-37 KJV)

Fact Finder: What was the prophetic significance of Elijah and Moses appearing with the Messiah in the "transfiguration"?
See The Moses And Elijah Vision


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This Day In History, April 15

769: The Church of Rome's Lateran Council (named after the Basilica in which it was held) condemned the Council of Hieria and anathematized its iconoclastic (opposing religious idols and images) rulings.

1071: Bari, the last Byzantine-held territory in southern Italy, was surrendered to Robert Guiscard.

1450: French forces under Comte de Clermont attacked 4,000 English troops under Sir Thomas Kyriel at the Battle of Formigny during the last stage of The Hundred Years War.

1632: George Calvert, 1st Baron Baltimore, died at age 52. The English statesman was directly involved in the founding of the North American province of "Mary Land" (named after the Roman Catholic idea of Mary), which later became the state of Maryland. A former member of the English House of Commons, Calvert gave up his seat in 1625 after he declared himself a Roman Catholic.

1715: The Pocotaligo Massacre set off the Yamasee War in colonial South Carolina.

1800: James Ross discovered the North Magnetic pole.

1859: The first steamboat began operating on the Red River, carrying freight and passengers between Fort Garry, now Winnipeg, Manitoba, and St. Paul, Minnesota.

1861: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers to put down the insurrection that later became the U.S. Civil War.

1865: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln died after being shot at Ford's Theater in Washington the previous night.

Ronald Reagan broke the so-called "year zero curse" in 1989 when he became the first U.S. President since 1840, who won a Presidential election in a year ending in a zero, to leave office alive (although not without incident - Reagan was also seriously wounded in an assassination attempt in March of 1981):

1980: Ronald Reagan
1960: John F. Kennedy, assassinated
1940: Franklin D. Roosevelt, natural causes
1920: Warren Harding, natural causes
1900: William McKinley, assassinated
1880: James Garfield, assassinated
1860: Abraham Lincoln, assassinated
1840: William Harrison, natural causes

1880: William Gladstone became the Prime Minister of Britain.

1912: The British ocean liner Titanic sank on its first voyage after colliding with an iceberg. 1,523 of the 2,200 passengers and crew were lost.

Titanic Sinking 1917: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the British defeated the Germans at the Battle of Arras.

1923: Insulin became generally available for people suffering with diabetes.

1927: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 began. It was the most destructive river flood in U.S. history.

1938: Francisco Franco's forces captured Vinaroz in the Spanish Civil War.

1941: During the Second World War, the Belfast Blitz. Over 200 bombers of the German Luftwaffe bombed Belfast, Northern Ireland, killing 1,000 people.

1942: During the Second World War, the George Cross, Britain's highest accolade for civilian gallantry, was conferred on Malta by King George VI for bravery in withstanding Italian and German attacks.

1945: Near the end of the Second World War, the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp was liberated by British forces.

1949: Pope Pius XII issued his second encyclical on "Palestine," Redemptoris Nostri, urging Roman Catholics to exert every effort on behalf of a plan to make Jerusalem a corpus separatum - an "international city" (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

1952: The first flight of the Boeing B-52 bomber. Named after the year that it began flying (i.e. B-52 is from 1952), the B-52 is still in war service today (the crews are often just half of the age of the airplane).

1969: 30 military and CIA crew members were killed when North Korea shot down a U.S. electronic surveillance plane in the Sea of Japan. The Nixon administration chose not to retaliate against North Korea.

1997: Over 300 Islamic worshippers were killed and over 1,200 injured at a tent city on the plain outside Mecca. Most of the dead were Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis. The fire destroyed an estimated 70,000 tents which they use for shelter in the final days of their Hajj.

1998: Cambodian "Khmer Rouge" leader Pol Pot died at age 73. He is reported to have been responsible for the deaths of up to 2 million people in the "killing fields."

2010: Volcanic ash from a volcano in Iceland caused airspace over Britain and much of Europe to be closed.





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