Applications from 1 Kings
1 Kings 18:1-16
If you read the last post, Ahab–Old habits are hard to break, please skip ahead to the application.
This is one of the most exciting chapters in all of scripture. Soon we will read of Elijah going up against 450 prophets. In these verses Elijah meets Obadiah and then heads to meet up with Ahab. About 3 years after his first encounter with Ahab, Elijah is told by God to go back to him. God is going to send rain. Ahab and Obadiah are out in the land finding a place for animals to graze. We are told that Obadiah feared the Lord. Also, he hid 100 prophets from Jezebel in a cave.
While they are out Obadiah runs into Elijah. He explains to him that Ahab has been looking all over for him. Once Elijah promises not to leave he goes to get Ahab to meet him.
In this story there are 3 major characters: Ahab, Elijah, and Obadiah. There is an application from each.
Look at the facts we read of Obadiah. He is the governor of Ahab’s house. He fears the Lord greatly. He saved 100 prophets form Jezebel’s wrath. He is a wise man. He wants Elijah to be sure which side he is on.
By the facts, Obadiah is a good man.
In spite of the facts it must be noted that he is living/serving in a very wicked house and only privately doing something about it. Obadiah is a good man in a bad place. While some would dishonor him here for not being more like Elijah, I will commend him for doing what he could.
Times have/will come when we will be in a bad place: neighborhood, job, social setting, etc. Obadiah proves two things. We don’t have to be of the world to be in the world, and just because we aren’t wired like Elijah doesn’t mean we are bad people.
Work hard to be a good person when in a bad place.
Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN
This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.