Study 15 Presentation 

The Story also talks about five movements that take part in God’s Story: 

Movement 1: The Story of the Garden (Genesis 1-11) 

Movement 2: The Story of Israel (Genesis 12 – Malachi) 

Movement 3: The Story of Jesus (Matthew – John) 

Movement 4: The Story of the Church (Acts – Jude) 

Movement 5: The Story of a New Garden (Revelation) 

 

God’s Messengers 

The prophetic books of Isaiah through Malachi make up 22% of the Bible 

It was a desperate time for the people of God 

The kings led the people to be unfaithful to God 

The priests and judges were corrupt 

God sends prophets to warn the leaders and the people

 

Primary role of a prophet was to proclaim the Word of the Lord 

Much as our pastors do today – instruction, reminders, encouragement, admonition 

Secondary role was to predict the future 

The fulfillment of a future prophecy demonstrated the truthfulness of the words of the prophet 

God’s Word encouraged testing the prophets to make sure they were truly sent by God 

The church today has the responsibility to hold ministers to the truth found in God’s Word 

Galatians 1:8 (ESV) 

8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. 

Timeless Truth: God Speaks Through His People 

I. Ahab 

A. Son of Omri – a time of prosperity in Israel; false sense of security 

B. Married to Jezebel – princess and priestess from Sidon 

C. Alliance to Jehoshaphat – king of Judah; mostly faithful king who made bad alliance decisions 

D. Baal and Ashtaroth – Phoenician god of fertility, storms and war 

1. Human sacrifice – the more purity, the better; infant sacrifice 

II. Elijah 

A. Tishbe in Gilead – east of Jordan; out in the sticks; rough appearance 

B. Sent to Ahab 

1. No dew or rain – due to unfaithfulness 

C. Cherith Ravine – east of Jordan; possibly near his hometown 

1. Water 

2. Bread and meat – from Ravens 

III. Elijah and the Widow 

A. Zarephath – near Sidon; Jezebel’s home area 

B. Last meal – bread and oil; not told if she was Jewish or a believer in Yahweh 

C. Miracle of food – flour and oil last 

D. Miracle of life – widow’s son becomes ill and dies; Elijah prays and God heals the boy; miracle proves the truth of God’s Word

IV. Challenge 

A. Third year – present yourself to Ahab 

1. Obadiah – head of Ahab’s household; faithful to God; protected 100 prophets of the Lord; set up a meeting with Ahab 

B. Mount Carmel – high place used for Baal worship 

C. Prophet’s challenge – 450 prophets of Baal; 400 prophets of Ashteroth 

1. If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal is god, follow him 

2. People say nothing 

3. Two bulls – altar; prepare the sacrifice; wood, no fire 

4. See which God answers 

5. People agree to the test 

V. Prophets of Baal 

A. Morning til noon – prepare the altar and the sacrifice; call on Baal 

B. Elijah’s taunting 1. Uses Baal stories to make fun of Baal 

C. Cut themselves – God of war responds to blood 

D. Noon til evening 

VI. Elijah 

A. Repaired altar of the LORD – 12 Stones – one for each tribe 

1. Trench around the altar 

B. Four large jars of water – poured on the sacrifice; repeated two more times 

1. Trench filled with water 

C. Elijah’s prayer

D. Fire from heaven – burns up everything: sacrifice, wood, altar, stones, soil and water from the trench 

E. People respond – fall prostrate; Yahweh is God, Yahweh is God; Elijah – God is Yahweh 

1. Slaughter the prophets of Baal

F. Rain – Elijah prays; seven times look for clouds 

VII. Flees 

A. Jezreel – Winter palace of Ahab; Elijah runs and gets there before Ahab’s chariot 

1. What did Elijah expect? – revival from Israel; repentance from Ahab 

2. Death warrant from Jezebel 

B. Beersheba – southwest near Judah 

C. Wilderness – day’s travel; prays to die; strengthened by an angel 

D. Sinai – 40 days and nights journey 

VIII. Horeb 

A. Mountain of God – Mount Sinai; cave (Moses’ cave) 

B. God’s question – What are you doing here, Elijah? 

C. Elijah’s speech – I’ve been faithful but the people have not and I’m the only one left and now they are trying to kill me 

D. God’s presence 

1. Wind – powerful, like a tornado 

2. Earthquake 

3. Fire 

4. Gentle whisper – silence that speaks; God repeats the question and Elijah repeats his speech 

E. God’s response 

1. Go back 

2. I will provide help 

a) Anoint Hazael, king of Aram 

b) Anoint Jehu, king over Israel 

c) Anoint Elisha, succeed you as prophet 

3. Not alone – 7000 in Israel not bowing to Baal 

IX. Elisha 

A. Plowing – 12 yoke of oxen 

B. Called – cast Elijah’s cloak on him 

C. Goodbye to parents 

D. Slaughters the oxen 

E. Feeds the people 

X. Wars with Aram 

A. Ben-Hadad – provokes a war and insults God 

B. Word from the Lord – victory 

C. Second war – fight where our gods are stronger 

D. Word from the Lord – victory 

E. Ahab spares Ben-Hadad – displeases God; supposed to destroy Ben-Hadad 

XI. Naboth 

A. Vineyard – next to Ahab’s palace; Ahab wants it but Naboth won’t sell 

B. Festival – Jezebel bribes the town elders; festival; Naboth is guest of honor; false witnesses bring charges against Naboth; take him out and stone him 

C. Elijah’s prophecy – house of Ahab will be destroyed; dogs will eat Jezebel 

D. Ahab’s repentance – destruction of the house of Ahab will happen in son’s days 

XII. History A. War with Syria – Jehoshaphat as ally; Ahab killed – random arrow 

B. Ahaziah reigns in Israel – injured in a fall; sends men to Elijah; two companies of 50 men come to Elijah and are destroyed by fire from God; captain of third company begs for mercy; message to Ahaziah – you will die 

C. Various kings – both Israel and Judah 

D. Jehu – slaughters house of Ahab; slaughters prophets of Baal; still unfaithful 

E. Various kings 

F. Jeroboam II – prosperity; unfaithfulness 

G. Hoshea – five kings between Jeroboam and Hoshea; assassinations and instability 

XIII. Elisha

 A. Journey to the East – prophet schools in Gilgal and Bethel 

B. Cross Jordan River – Elijah’s cloak 

C. Question – What do you want? Double portion of your spirit. If you pass the test 

D. Chariot of Fire – only Enoch and Elijah are taken directly into heaven without death 

E. Cross the Jordan – Elijah’s cloak 

XIV. Miracles 

A. Purified a spring 

B. Punished the mockers 

C. Widow and sons – debts paid by miraculous production of oil 

D. Son for childless couple 

E. Resurrection of the son 

F. Naaman – Syrian general with leprosy; Israelite servant girl; go to the man of God in Israel; wash in the Jordan 

G. Gehazi’s sin 

H. Axe head 

I. War with Aram 

1. Elisha keeps warning the king of Israel – traitor? No Israel has a prophet 

2. Surrounded at Dothan 

3. Servant’s eyes opened – surrounded by angelic army; more with us than with them 

4. Blindness – leads the army into Samaria; kill them? No feed them and send them home; embarrassment is worse than defeat; ends the war 

XV. Hosea 

A. Marries Gomer – prostitute 

B. Unfaithful Israel 

C. Predicts punishment 

D. God’s mercy – Gomer’s redemption – return to the Lord your God 

XVI. Amos 

A. Shepherd from Tekoa 

B. Judgment on Israel’s neighbors 

C. Unfaithful Israel 

D. Predicts punishment – seek the Lord and live 

E. Promise of restoration 

XVII. Applications 

A. God doesn’t want to punish 

B. God uses people to proclaim His Word 

C. God gives second chances 

D. Miracles point to God’s Word 

E. Law always points to the Gospel 

F. Upper Story leads to Jesus 

Amos 9:14-15 (ESV) 

14 I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine, and they shall make gardens and eat their fruit. 

15 I will plant them on their land, and they shall never again be uprooted out of the land that I have given them,” says the LORD your God. 

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