1 Kings 18:30-35
Then Elijah said to all the people, ‘Come closer to me’; and all the people came closer to him. First he repaired the altar of the Lord that had been thrown down; Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord came, saying, ‘Israel shall be your name’; with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord. Then he made a trench around the altar, large enough to contain two measures of seed. Next he put the wood in order, cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood. He said, ‘Fill four jars with water and pour it on the burnt-offering and on the wood.’ Then he said, ‘Do it a second time’; and they did it a second time. Again he said, ‘Do it a third time’; and they did it a third time, so that the water ran all round the altar, and filled the trench also with water.
Reflection by Janet Derby
I am in the process of choosing stories for this year’s Vacation Bible School. I believe the theme is going to be something like “Unsung Bible Heroes”. This is one of the stories I’m considering. The best stories for VBS are ones that the children like to act out and I’m thinking this would be fun. Here is Elijah, in a competition with the priests of Baal to prove his God is superior, and he decides it is a good idea to make it more challenging, throwing water all over the wood before lighting it. Pretty gutsy, I think. He clearly had a lot of faith. I don’t know that I could have been that confident.
Thank you for all the stories of the Bible which surprise and challenge us. Help me to be confident of your steadfast love. Amen.