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What are you Doing Here?

What are you doing here?

1 Kings 19:9

By Dean Krueger

What a scene it must have been!  One man, Elijah, standing face to face with 450 prophets of the false god Baal and another 400 prophets of the false goddess Asherah, not to mention the wicked King Ahab.  They were furious with Elijah for daring to speak against Israel’s king and queen over state sponsored idolatry and its practices which included drunken orgies and human sacrifices. The people of Israel looked on - wondering who to believe. What to believe. And so, the contest began.  The prophets of Baal called on him to send fire to ignite the altars for the burnt offerings.  Elijah watched and taunted, telling them to shout louder.  “Maybe Baal is asleep or too busy to hear?”  Of course, nothing happened.