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The Rain in Elijah
God honors man
Most people know of the story of Elijah, the prophets of Baal, Ahab and the three year drought that was declared on the land by Elijah.
1Ki 17:1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.
During a worship service one evening meeting a few years back in which a long time prophet friend was sharing, he mentioned some things about the Elijah story. I was still on the floor when Holy Spirit said ‘the rain was in Elijah’
The scripture above says that Elijah said there would be no dew or rain but according to his word. Seems like a mighty bold statement even for Elijah, but Elijah understood some things about speaking the word of the Lord that many didn’t. He understood that God not only honors the word He releases to His prophet, but that He also honors the prophets’ words as His own.
1Ki 18:1And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.
After this word of the Lord above was given came the encounter with the prophets of Baal in which at Elijah’s request the Lord God sent fire down from heaven and literally burn up everything close to the offering that was made. It was an awesome and spectacular sight and proved to all Israel that ‘the Lord, He is God’ and that Elijah was His servant.
1Ki 18:41 And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.
1Ki 18:42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,
1Ki 18:43 And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said,There isnothing. And he said, Go again seven times.
1Ki 18:44 And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not.
1Ki 18:45 And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel. 1Ki 18:46
And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.
It would seem that if Elijah simple asked the Lord for fire to prove that the Lord was God, then he should just ask for the rain also. But this is not the way he had told it to Ahab back in chapter 17 :1. He had said it would rain by his own word. The scripture is not clear whether Elijah received a ‘word of the Lord’ to make such a claim to his own spoken word or not, maybe he did, maybe he didn’t. It actually seems that Elijah was so in tune with the heart of the Lord that he really believed God would honor what he told Ahab.
Another example or this is found concerning the prophet Isaiah is which it never recorded that Isaiah had a ‘word of the Lord’ other than the reason in which he went to Hezekiah in the first place. God just honored what Isaiah was telling the king.
2Ki 20:8 And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, What shall be the sign that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of the LORD the third day?
2Ki 20:9 And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou have of the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that he hath spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?
2Ki 20:10 And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees.
2Ki 20:11 And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the LORD: and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz.
Travailing Before the Lord
Back to Elijah: He told his servant to look to the sky toward the sea seven different times. Elijah had some persistence. It is said that Elijah cast himself to the ground and put his head between his knees. Kinda hard to see that one unless it meant that he fell to his knees and put his face between his knees.
The physical position he was in was similar to the position Indian women would get in when they were giving birth. Elijah was in travail for the ‘word’ to be birthed. Whether it was Gods word or Elijah’s, God could only make it happen, and it did. It rained cat and dogs. It excited Elijah so that he outran Ahab’s chariot to the entrance of the city Jezreel.
So I ask you where are the promises of God today. No doubt they are founded in His heart, but the seed of manifestation is in yours, the one He speaks to.
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