I Kings 16:29 – 17:1
I Kings 16:29 – 17:1 In the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah, Ahab the son of Omri became king over Israel; and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty-two years. 30 Now Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD, more than all who were before him. 31 And it came to pass, as though it had been a trivial thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took as wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians; and he went and served Baal and worshiped him. 32 Then he set up an altar for Baal in the temple of Baal, which he had built in Samaria. 33 And Ahab made a wooden image Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him. 34 In his days Hiel of Bethel built Jericho. He laid its foundation with Abiram his firstborn, and with his youngest son Segub he set up its gates, according to the word of the LORD, which He had spoken through Joshua the son of Nun.
And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.”
I Kings 16:32 Then he set up an altar for Baal in the temple of Baal, which he had built in Samaria.
I Kings 16:33 “… Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him.”
The kings and the culture had no regard for God
Elijah connected himself with God “As the LORD God of Israel lives”
Elijah – “My God is Jehovah”
Elijah was more concerned about his standing before God than his standing before man “before whom I stand”
Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe.
Elijah trusted in God’s power “there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word”
He could stand before a powerful king because he trusted in an all-powerful God
Ezekiel 22:30 So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.