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Sunday, June 1 2014
1 Kings 19: Elijah's Journey To Mount Sinai
"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"
The prophet Elijah had just successfully confronted (see Who Has A Spirit Of Confrontation?) a powerful king, Ahab (see Ahab Of Israel) and then destroyed hundreds of idolatry priests of Israel's state religion (see 1 Kings 18: Elijah's Defeat Of The Prophets Of Baal). Elijah accomplished the work simply because the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) had sent him to do so. Elijah wasn't looking to be anyone's vain "leader" - a Satanic narcissism that all true servants of the LORD reject and rebuke (see 3 John: Follow Not That Which Is Evil, But That Which Is Good).
When his given task was completed, and he saw that the miraculous power that he was given to complete the job had expired, Elijah, by then an experienced man with little childish tolerance left for clowns ("a rude or vulgar fool") and infidels ("a person who does not acknowledge God"), left the kingdom of Ahab and Jezebel in Israel, where he was about to be murdered, and crossed over into the Kingdom of Judah ("to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah") where he knew that the forces of the Kingdom of Israel would be stopped at the border (see 1 Kings 14: The First Kings Of Israel and Judah).
The LORD had not left Elijah, but merely had no task for him to do at that particular time. The LORD did however sustain the prophet's journey with a miracle of a forty-day fast. It was a supernatural feat done by only two other people in the Holy Bible - Moses, when he received The Ten Commandments (Exodus 34:28-29; see Exodus 20: The Ten Commandments and Exodus 34: The Second Tables Of Stone) and Jesus Christ, just before the Temptation of Christ (Matthew 4:1-11; see Matthew: The Gospel By The Accountant and Who Lights Your Walk?). Elijah then continued on to Mount Sinai.
"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.
Elijah thought that his natural lifetime was over ("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"). He went away to die - in a way that would not give Ahab and Jezebel the satisfaction of killing him. By then however, the time of the LORD's next task for Elijah had arrived. The LORD commanded Elijah to return from the Sinai, right back through Judah and Israel, and up into Syria where he would anoint the man, Jehu, who would remove Ahab and Jezebel from Israel (see Jehu Of Israel).
"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.
The LORD accomplishes things in a timely, orderly way. Elijah was then also given to anoint a young man who would at first assist, and then succeed Elijah - Elisha (see 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.
Fact Finder: The LORD appeared to Moses and Elijah on Mount Sinai. What other mountain did the LORD appear to them - as a prophecy of the coming Kingdom of God ("His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with Him")?
This Day In History, June 1
193: Roman Emperor Marcus Didius was assassinated in his palace (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars, A History Of Jerusalem: The Herodian Dynasty, A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots and A History Of Jerusalem: Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba).
987: Hugh Capet was elected King of France.
1215: Ending the Battle of Beijing, the city was captured by Mongol forces under Genghis Khan (see also Gog and Magog).
1252: Alfonso X was elected King of Castile and Leon.
1609: In the wilderness of northeastern North America, Samuel de Champlain discovered (the native people already knew that the lake was there) the lake that was named after him - Lake Champlain (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1648: During the Second English Civil War, the Roundheads defeated the Cavaliers at the Battle of Maidstone.
1670: Charles II of England and Louis XIV of France signed the treaty of Dover (signed in Dover, England). It resulted in England becoming involved in the Third Anglo-Dutch War.
1679: The Scottish Covenanters defeated John Graham of Claverhouse at the Battle of Drumclog.
1813: During the War of 1812 (1812-1814), James Lawrence, the wounded commander of the USS Chesapeake (a 38 gun frigate with a crew of 340), uttered his famous final order, "Don't give up the ship!" while in a naval battle with the Royal Navy HMS Shannon (a 38 gun frigate with a crew of 330). The crew gave up the ship anyway; the USS Chesapeake was captured by the Shannon and taken to Halifax, Nova Scotia where it entered service as the Royal Navy warship HMS Chesapeake.
1816: The rivalry between the North West Company and the Hudson's Bay Company erupted in violence in the Battle of Seven Oaks. While attempting to transport supplies, Metis allies of the North West Company clashed with 21 men from the Hudson's Bay Company post in Red River Colony, now Winnipeg. Robert Semple, governor for the Hudson's Bay Company, most of his party and 1 Metis were killed. The incident led to the eventual merger of the two companies.
1831: Sir James Ross discovered the position of the north magnetic pole.
1861: The first skirmish of the U.S. Civil War took place, at the Fairfax Court House in Virginia.
1867: Viscount Monck became the first Governor General of Canada. He had held the position in British North America and his term was to have expired in 1866, but Queen Victoria extended his appointment to give him the honor of being the first Governor General of the free, civilized democracy that he helped to create.
1915: Germany made the first zeppelin air raid over England.
1941: British forces entered Baghdad and returned the regent, six year-old King Faisal, to power (see also A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1958: During the political crisis created by the civil war in Algeria, Charles De Gaulle became premier of France with the power to rule by decree for six months; a new constitution was drawn up, and in 1959 De Gaulle became the first president of "The Fifth Republic."
1961: The incinerated ashes of captured Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann were dumped into the sea outside the 3 mile territorial limit of Israel. He had been hung by the Israelis the day before.
1963: King Victor Emmanual III of Italy became Emperor of Ethiopia.
1963: In defiance of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling 10 days earlier that Alabama's segregation laws were unconstitutional, Alabama governor George Wallace stood at a school door and stopped black teenagers from court-ordered integration of the University of Alabama. President Kennedy responded by using federal troops to force integration.
1974: The new "Heimlich Maneuver" for saving choking victims was published in the journal Emergency Medicine.
1980: Cable News Network (CNN) began operation.
1991: Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupted for the first time in 600 years.
2009: General Motors filed for bankruptcy.