Written by: VWoods (I am currently engaged to Elijah the Tishbite!!!)
One of my passions in life is reading, studying and soaking in the presence of God through His Word. I can lose myself in a character in the word and attempt to figure out a contrast with men in society today. I am happily single (for now); however, I am engaged to a different guy on any given day of week from the many choices in the Word.
Somehow, I can visualize those in the NT and get a sense of their loyalty and passion for Christ, see how their personalities jump out at you. The writers of the Word were well selected in their picturesque imagination and this is something that I crave as I study the Word. For me, I am more fascinated to the characters in the OT and I am definitely setting the marriage date with several of them; there are several high contenders, but currently I am enamored to Elijah the Tishbite.
If ever there is a sense of mystery (he literally appeared in the Word), power (continue reading to see this exemplified) and sensitivity in any man, he has all those attributes. You might say I got hooked with the display of power. The incident where I got hooked on him and sorta kinda fell in love is where he had just brought this lady’s son back to life after she gave him a hard time. He listened to her and revived the life of the child then said to her, “See, thy son liveth” (1 Kings 17:23 KJV)…awww that is so sweet.
Magician: ability to move from one place to the other; he mixed water and fired and the fire triumphed and accomplished the task he required; his actions confused kings and their workers: Obadiah (1 Kgs 17:7). He also had the distinguished pleasure of being selected to transcend time and space by visiting with Jesus on the mount of transfiguration (Luke 9:30).
He arranged a church festival, sort of like an open air revival and acted as an agent of destruction for the Almighty God and assassinated eight hundred and fifty men in one show; that is prowess as never displayed by any man in our century (1 Kgs 1:40).
He framed the terms heard by many prophets today “If I be a man of God” (2 Kgs 1:10) and accomplished communication, action by commanding literal fire to fall from heaven; and this is one of my favorite things he said, “let it be known this day that thou [art] God in Israel, and [that] I [am] thy servant, and [that] I have done all these things at thy word (1 kgs 18:36); oh my word, such power.
He was witty and sarcastic, in his throw-down challenge with the prophets of Baal, in light of their failure to activate their god’s power, he mocked and ridiculed them mercilessly, “And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked (1 Kgs 18:27).
He was spoken of in many of the NT books, as a standard of comparison of “how to get it done”.Sensitive and thoughtful: He allowed himself to be cowed by Jezebel’s threat to kill him, so he just allowed her to throw her temper tantrum and walked it off.
Well we’ll wrap it up here for now…A girl has got to keep some things secret doesn’t she? Sigh!!! I definitely think he is a keeper…Who is your OT guy??