God Answers by Fire

“Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord; and the God who answers by fire, He is God.” So all the people answered and said, “It is well spoken”” (I Kings 18:24).

In this story on Mount Carmel, Elijah decided to face off against the prophets of Baal. He challenged them to set up an altar with a sacrifice and call on their god, to send fire to consume their sacrifice. Elijah planned to do the same thing with his sacrifice, as he was confident that God would answer him. “So they took the bull which was given them, and they prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even till noon, saying, “O Baal, hear us!” But there was no voice; no one answered. Then they leaped about the altar which they had made” (I Kings 18:26). These prophets did everything from cutting themselves, jumping on the altar and prophesying.

All day long they carried out their rituals, but Baal did not answer. Elijah set up his altar and drenched the sacrifice and everything around it with water. Elijah instructed the men to pour water over the sacrifice on three occasions. In the end, he called the people to gather together and then he prayed. “Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench” (I Kings 18:38). The people fell on their faces and worshipped God. The prophets of Baal were captured and executed to put an end to Baal worship.

This was not the only time that Elijah called down fire from heaven. In 2 Kings 1, King Ahaziah fell and injured himself. He sent messengers to consult with Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron to ask if he would die. God sent Elijah to meet his messengers, to give them a word for the King. God’s question for the king was, ‘Is it because there is no God in Isreal that you are going to inquire of Baal-Zebub?’ God declared through Elijah that the king would die. The King perceived that the message came from Elijah and sent a company of fifty men to ask him to come down. Elijah called down fire to consume the first and second company of men.

Old Testament prophets built altars and offered sacrifices unto God. Whenever sacrifices were offered, God answered by fire and consumed the sacrifices. Elijah was familiar with this manifestation of God’s presence. He also used this strategy in warfare, when the King tried to intimidate him with soldiers. In the New Testament, the Holy Spirit sat upon the heads of the saints as flames or tongues of fire. Fire preserves, purifies and breaks yokes and bondages. We no longer offer animal sacrifices, but we offer our bodies unto God as a living sacrifice. We ask God to send the fire of his spirit to keep us ablaze. The fire in us burns brightly to shine a light in the dark world.

“A fire goes before Him, And burns up His enemies round about” (Psalms 97:3).


12 thoughts on “God Answers by Fire

  1. Hey Anneta! love it when Elijah begins to taunt the prophets of Baal after a while…Where is your god? A little louder now, maybe he is away from his desk, maybe he is distracted in deep thought, or maybe he has fallen into a deep sleep 😴

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    1. Indeed. He was savage. God made a public spectacle of them. I love how God makes a mockery of the devil. Those old time prophets were warriors and knew how to fight and take down a man if necessary. I can’t believe that he killed them all. Bless you Tam. Have a great weekend. 🙏🏾❤️

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      1. Indeed! He was warrior/comedian 🤣
        I know right…He took out all 450 of those jokers, and look at how much water they poured all over the offering and the altar, so much that it filled the trench. God’s Fire still consumed it all…even the stones and the dust🤣
        Enjoy your weekend, Also💕and Be blessed as well🤩

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  2. I was listening to a preacher the other day, as he was speaking about the mystery of how natural fire works, the idea came to me that the Holy Spirit is a fire, and the way he burns like a fire in my bones, like Jeremiah, I also cannot keep quiet.
    There is an instant word, always on fire.

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