I do not think that Elijah was afraid more than he was discouraged as the great display of the power of God had still left him thinking that there was no one who worshiped the LORD in Israel (the ten Northern tribes) except himself. He felt his ministry was accomplishing nothing. The LORD let him know that there were 7,000 others that had not bowed the knee to Baal.
Still it was a prayer after which the LORD had him mentor Elisha to take his place.
One thing the LORD let me understand in my own ministry was that the great deeds like what Elijah did require many prayers of the saints and that until the last prayer was in place the great deeds of victory are in waiting.
The LORD uses every prayer that is in line with His will, every prayer.
Yes, Elijah departed in order to save his own life, but awareness of danger is not the same thing as fear. The King James Version does not translate it as fear.
Awareness of danger and removing oneself from the area
to stay alive is something that the LORD Jesus Christ
did as well, to await the proper time and circumstances
of his death for our sins. He was never motivated by fear
of man. There have been men who thinking their God is
greater, and He is, have walked into dangerous situations
not at the command of the LORD and have died.
You will see that once in a place where he sat
still to talk to the LORD Elijah was given new
instructions by the LORD and there was not one
to return to where he had just come from. You
will notice that Elijah was removed from place
to place by the LORD's Spirit so that Ahab
could not find him. This is stated by Obadiah
before the encounter on Mt Carmel.
In 2 Samuel 5:17-25, the end of chapter,
we see two instances of king David coming
against the enemy, but the second time the LORD
had a different approach. It is for us to hear
After Mount Carmel Elijah's assigned confrontation
It can be very discouraging to a prophet when those
who are supposed to be God's people will not hear
Him and obey.
There had just been a great demonstration of the
power and superiority of the LORD , Yahweh, over
the god of Jezebel and her false prophets, baal,
and yet she did not fear the LORD.
So it is today, when the churches refuse to hear
the prophets, and rebel against the LORD, holding
the traditions of man over the Word of God.
1 Kings 19:3
(King James Version with Strong's numbers)
And when he saw 7200 [that], he arose 6965, and went 3212
for his life 5315, and came 935 to Beersheba 884,
which [belongeth] to Judah 3063, and left 3240 his
servant 5288 there.
saw or perceived
arose or stood against
went or to go, to walk
In other words Elijah resisted Jezebel and did
that which prohibited her from carrying out
her statement of revenge.
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