Major events in Elijah’s life
- First mentioned in I Kings 17:1. Last mentioned in II Kings 10:17.
- Prophesied against Ahab and Ahaziah.
- I Kings 17:1 – famine
- I Kings 17:2-7 – fed by the ravens
- I Kings 17:8-24 – fed the widow and raised her son
- I Kings 18:19-19:3 – defeated the prophets of Baal and fled Jezebel
- I Kings 19:16-21 – chose Elisha to succeed him
- II Kings 2:1-12 – taken up to heaven. Elijah was one of only two people in the Bible to not experience physical death (Hebrews 11:5).
- Malachi 4:1-5 – At the very end of the Old Testament, Elijah’s name is mentioned again. John the Baptist was a parallel to John the Baptist.
- Elijah is mentioned during a relatively small part of the Old Testament, but he had a great impact, even in the New Testament.
- Luke 1:17 – See I Kings 18:39.
- Luke 4:25-26 – Reference to Elijah being sent to the widow in Sidon. God preserved her.
- James 5:17 – Elijah mentioned in reference to the power of prayer.
- Romans 11:4-5 – A remnant of faithful people remains. Compare I Kings 19:14-18.
- Matthew 11:7-14 – When Jesus talks about John the Baptist, we learn more about the determination of Elijah as well.
- Elijah was strong-willed in his determination to God. He demanded repentance and a return to God. He knew who should be punished for evil.
- What kind of lasting impact do we have on people? Is it for the better or worse?
Elijah encounters God
- I Kings 19:9-13 – Elijah’s encounter with the Lord.