In this second talk of our series for Lent, Fr Robbie sets the scene for the appearance of Elijah described in the Bible in 1 Kings Chapter 17. Over 70 years before this and after the long reign of Solomon the kingdom of Israel splits in two and his descendants rule over an increasingly fractious, warring and apostate country. Each king appears to be worse than before. The last in this line, Ahab, is described thus: ‘Ahab, son of Omri did what is displeasing to Yahweh, and was worse than all his predecessors. The least that he did was to follow the sinful example of Jeroboam, son of Nebat: he married Jezebel daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians, and then proceeded to serve Baal and worship him.” (1 Kings 16: 30-32). Into this situation, with the majority of the people following their king and rejecting the worship of the one true God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, comes Elijah, the Great Prophet of God.
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