Not all have bowed to an idol

While God steps into Elijah’s world on top of Mount Carmel and declares an end to the three-year drought, it appears that a spiritual revival is just around the corner as the people killed all the prophets of Baal – healing has come and hope has been restored.

Elijah sees something different.  He sees that his life is now in danger and since he is the only person left on earth who is following God, faith is deceased and the people of Israel are lost. Elijah is driven to despair.

The God of hope takes Elijah under His wing and looks after him.  He has to remind Elijah of who He is.  Elijah still is looking at God as the one who sends fire down from heaven and consumes the sacrifice, He is the one who has a cloud the size of a man’s fist coming up out of the sea and in matters of hours a torrential downpour ensues.

No, God speaks in the power of silence, His voice crystal clear, succinct.  He reminds Elijah in that very holy moment – there are 7,000 who bow their knew only to Him – all is not lost – there is hope for there is God.

 Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him. – 1 Kings 19:18

Boston Symphony performs Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”