The Prophet Elijah, along with the Prophet Moses, was considered the greatest prophet in the history of the Bible times. In fact, in Matthew 17, where the apostles saw Jesus in a glorious transfiguration, they saw Him beside two prophets, Moses and Elijah.
The Prophet Elijah
But unlike Moses, Elijah lived in a time where the prophets of Israel were not yet having their words written and recorded in a book bearing their name. We read his life and prophecies in the book of Kings. And interestingly, his life portrayed more than the life of a prophet. He also lived like a warrior. Why is that so?
In 1 Kings 18, we see Elijah confronting the prophets of Baal and King Ahab. In verse 21, it says, “Elijah went before the people and said, ‘How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.’ But the people said nothing.”
This one verse summarized all Elijah’s dealings with the kingdom of Israel. He lived encouraging the people, including their king, Ahab, to reject idolatry and worship the One True God.
Indeed, Elijah’s name in Hebrew, Eliahu, comprises God’s two names- El and Adonai. It represented his devotion to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
But, how did he become a warrior? It was during the famous confrontation in 1 Kings 18, Elijah went against 450 priests of Baal. On Mount Carmel, he contested with the prophets of Baal and proved to Israel who is God. True enough, God showed Himself before Israel as He sent fire to the altar Elijah set.
Elijah then struck down the idolatrous priests, killing all 450. He did not have other prophets with him; he was the only one left. Yet, he was able to stand victorious against the 450.
It teaches us that you and God will always be the majority. No matter the number of your enemies, you and God are more than enough.
Reference: Youtube | Israel Institue of Biblical Studies