“Elijah and the Priests of Baal,” Old Testament Stories (2021)
“Elijah and the Priests of Baal,” Old Testament Stories
The kingdom of Israel continued to suffer from having no water. King Ahab told the people to follow a false god named Baal.
The Lord sent Elijah the prophet to meet Ahab. Elijah invited all the people to the top of a mountain. He invited the king and his priests to a challenge to see whether the Lord or Baal was the true God.
Elijah explained the challenge. He and the priests would sacrifice a bull on an altar, but they would not light a fire themselves. Instead, the priests would pray to Baal to start a fire. Then Elijah would pray to the Lord to start a fire. Elijah knew that only the true God would start the fire.
The priests of Baal prayed to their god from morning until noon, but nothing happened. Elijah joked with them and said their god Baal must be asleep.
The priests grew angry, jumped on the altar, and shouted into the evening. They hoped their god would answer, but there was still no fire.
Then it was Elijah’s turn. He built an altar to the Lord, dug a trench around the altar, and prepared the sacrifice.
Elijah asked the people to fill four barrels of water and pour them onto the wood of his altar three times. Water soaked the wood and the altar. It filled the whole trench.
Elijah prayed to the Lord to show the true God’s power. The Lord’s fire came down and consumed the sacrifice, wood, stones, and water. The people knew that Elijah’s God was the true God. Elijah prayed that the drought would end, and the Lord sent rain.