Are the 7000 in 1 Kings 19:18 all prophets?
1 Kings 19:9-18 (NASB)
Elijah at Horeb.
9 Then he came there to a cave and lodged there; and behold, the word
of the Lord came to him, and He said to him,
The Lords's voice came to him, probably by means of a messenger
“What are you doing here, Elijah?”
Elijah took this as an invitation to pour out his feelings, and he does:
10 He said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts;
for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your
altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left;
and they seek my life, to take it away.”
Elijah’s words reveal at least three reasons for his low spirits.
1/ Despite the many years of being zealous, Elijah felt that his work has been in vain, the sons of Israel have forsaken your covenant.
2/ Elijah felt alone, they killed your prophets and I am alone.
3/ Many of the prophets have been killed and Elijah was convinced he was the next.
How did God address Elijah’s fears and concerns? Having a God like him on his side, with all that overwhelming power at His disposal, Elijah had nothing to fear from Ahab and Jezebel!
11 So He said, “Go forth and stand on the mountain before the Lord.”
And behold, the Lord was passing by! And a great and strong wind was
rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the
Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an
earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the
earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the
fire a sound of a gentle blowing.
13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went
out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And behold, a voice came to
him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 14 Then he said, “I
have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the sons of
Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed
Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my
life, to take it away.”
God sends Elijah back to his assignment, naming three persons who are to be anointed, or commissioned, to do a work for him: Hazael as king over Syria, Jehu as king over Israel, and his own successor Elisha. Elisha was a young man that became Elisha's assistant and companion for many years. Then God announced the good news to him:
What is the message to Elijah intended to say?
18 "Yet I will leave 7,000 in Israel, all the knees that have not
bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him.”
Some of the 7000 may have been prophets, but the vast majority were faithful Jews, men, and women who have not bowed to Baal.
Elijah's work had not been in vain. It must have warmed his heart to hear of those thousands of faithful people who refused to worship Baal, he was not the lone worshipper of the God of Israel. They needed Elijah to keep up his faithful service, to set an example to them.