F I R S T K I N G S
We left the prophet Elijah wrapt up in obscurity.
It does not appear that either the increase of the provision or the
raising of the child had caused him to be taken notice of at
Zarephath, for then Ahab would have discovered him; he would rather
do good than be known to do it. But in this chapter his appearance
was as public as before his retirement was close; the days
appointed for his concealment (which was part of the judgment upon
Israel) being finished, he is now commanded to show himself to
Ahab, and to expect rain upon the earth, ver. 1. Pursuant to this order we have here,
I. His interview with Obadiah, one of Ahab's servants, by whom he
sends notice to Ahab of his coming, ver. 2-16. II. His interview with Ahab
himself, ver. 17-20.
III. His interview with all Israel upon Mount Carmel, in order to a
public trial of titles between the Lord and Baal; a most
distinguished solemnity it was, in which, 1. Baal and his prophets
were confounded. 2. God and Elijah were honoured, ver. 21-39. IV. The execution he
did upon the prophets of Baal, ver.
40. V. The return of the mercy of rain, at the word of
Elijah, ver. 41-46. It
is a chapter in which are many things very observable.