Author: Ron Graham

History of Israel

Elijah’s Adventures
—And his spirit and power

Time ~ 6. Kingdom Divided
Span ~ 200 years
Books ~ 2Kings, 2Chronicles, Isaiah, Amos, Jonah, Hosea, Micah
Figures ~ Solomon, Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah
Begins with ~ Rebellion of the ten tribes
Ascendant empire ~ Assyria

In the time of the divided kingdom, God sent his prophet Elijah. This lesson is about him. Elijah was one of the great Old Testament prophets.

1 Elijah Had Attitude

Behind this story is the outstanding spirit and power of Elijah, which he had by virtue of his great faith and zeal for God.

At times he was afraid, and had to flee. At times he got discouraged and thought he was alone.

But he never let God down, and bravely spoke up for God —nor did God let him down.

Elisha took up the mantle of Elijah, and the spirit and power of Elijah. In a way, so can we, by taking Elijah's attitude toward God into our own hearts.

2 The Spirit and Power of Elijah

Elijah’s influence lived on in his disciple Elisha, who took up his mantle and demonstrated the same spirit and power. Elijah expressed his spirit thus: "I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts" (1Kings 19:14).

The story of Elijah’s visit to the widow of Zarephath shows the tenderness and love in Elijah’s heart. The story of his confronting the prophets of Baal shows his faith and courage.

Elijah the Tishbite prophesied in a hostile environment where false religion was rife. He had to deal with kings who generally were not faithful to God. However, he did what he had to do, and said what he had to say. God was with him, and Elijah believed this, even though God sometimes spoke with a still, small voice.

3 Bible Summary (1Kings 17-22, 2Kings 1-2)

1st Kings

2nd Kings

4 A Few Facts About Elijah