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“And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.” - 1 Kings 19:1, 2.

Comment:

After the famous contest at Mount Carmel in which Elijah ordered that the 450 prophets of Baal be executed, Ahab the king reported the matter to his wife, Jezebel, who vowed that she would ensure that Elijah was put to death. Elijah had to flee to the wilderness and, while sitting under a Juniper tree prayed God to end his life. (1 Kings 19:4) While sleeping under the tree, an angel woke him up twice and gave him at each instance a cake baked on the coals and a cruse of water, to carry him for the 40-day journey to Mount Horeb, where he lamented that the children of Israel had forsaken God and slain the prophets and that they were seeking his life, even though he was the only one left. But since his work was not finished, God gave him more assignments and assured him, that there were 7000 Israelites who had not bowed to Baal. (1 Kings 19:18) God provides for His people and helps them to carry on the work until the end. “For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever...” “The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.” -. Psalm 37:28; Nahum 1:7. See also Jude 24; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 2 Peter 2:9.

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