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27 March 2009

Slow Learner

7:34 AM Posted by steve flores 6 comments
I don't read the Bible for quantity. Usually, I read a chapter for a couple days, just to grasp it. Sometimes I just read a couple of verses and then stop - I will review it in my head a day or two to comprehend...I'm a slow learner.

Anyway, I've been reading 1 Kings. I read 2 Kings first, now I'm back tracking. On Wednesday I read the whole story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal, fire from heaven burning up the drenched, soaked sacrifice (chap.18). I've been thinking a lot about that chapter the last couple days. I've even thought about what God had done through and for Elijah - bringing back to life a dead boy and being fed by ravens. The story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal was a true showdown where God prevailed. It must have given Elijah great confidence in God! He was part of a divine slap in the face for the prophets of Baal. What a confidence builder. What a testimony to God's strength and power. But even greater, what confidence it must have created for Elijah to know God hears him and responds.

Then, this morning, I felt ready to move onto the next chapter - 1 Kings 19. I was amazed and comforted at the humanity of one of God's prophets - someone who not only heard about God's power, but witnessed it. Here's what I read and then stopped reading.

"1Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.” 3Elijah was afraid and ran for his life."

Afraid? Elijah was afraid? Elijah could speak to a God who could bring a dead boy to life, command ravens to bring him food and put on one amazing fire show! When I read those words, I was strangely comforted. Not even Elijah has all the right emotional responses, even when he closely follows God. I guess he's a slow learner too!