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Bible Questions with Michael Pearl
Episode 059: Where did Elijah get water to dump on the wood?

By Michael Pearl

Episode Transcription:

Michael Pearl:  All right, I'm up here working on my house. This is about a six‑year project so far. I work on it about 10 or 15 hours a week, and Jared has followed me up here with his camera, and I'm going to answer some of your Bible questions today. I'm Mike Pearl, and this is No Greater Joy Ministry. So Jared, play one of the questions people have been asking and let's see what we come up with.

Anna:  Hi, my name is Anna. I'm outside of Atlanta, Georgia in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and my question is that in I Kings 18, when Elijah has his victory over the prophets of Baal, he pours all this water on his sacrifice, yet they were in a drought. The Bible says the drought was so bad that they were looking for a place for the animals to graze, because there was no grass. So where did he get the water? That's my question. Thank you!

Mike:  All right, do you remember how many prophets of Baal were there? Six‑hundred, plus the King had all of his men. When you have an entourage that large, traveling, they'd have to bring water with them. For Elijah, it was an expression of faith. Can you see that? They've got these tents set up with all their drinking cups. The prophets have been jumping up in the air and carrying on all day long cutting themselves, and everybody's having to go get them a drink of water occasionally.

Elijah gets ready to call fire down from heaven. He lays out his sacrifice, puts the stones there, piles all the wood up, and then he says, "Let's take the drinking water we got, and dump it on the sacrifice, and do it again, do it again."

They don't have any water left, maybe, or had very little at least. At the very best, he used up a large quantity of their drinking water.

So, it was like he was making a statement, "What I do is going to work" And so fire fell, consumed the altar, and burned it all up. Then he goes up and begins to pray.

He looks, and seven times he looks, and sees a cloud about the size of a man's hand and he runs in front of the chariot all the way back. It's about a 20‑mile run so he must have been in pretty good shape, and a pretty fast runner.

He ran ahead of the chariot, and the rain is coming, it's thundering, the gullies are full of water, the water's sweeping down through there. Plenty of water, he knew it was coming. So, he didn't have any trouble about taking what water they had and utilizing it.

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