The successful sacrifice at Mount Carmel by Elijah (1 Kings 18:36-18:39)

“At the time of the offering of the oblation, the prophet Elijah came near and said. ‘Yahweh, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your bidding. Answer me, Yahweh answer me, so that this people may know that you, Yahweh, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.’ Then the fire of Yahweh fell. It consumed the burnt offering, the wood, the stones, and the dust, and even licked up the water that was in the trench. When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces. They said. ‘Yahweh indeed is God. Yahweh indeed is God.’”

Elijah the prophet prayed to Yahweh, the God of his ancestors. He wanted all the assembled to know that he was Yahweh’s servant and did everything according to Yahweh’s will. Thus he asked Yahweh to answer him. The answer, of course, was the fire of Yahweh that consumed the burnt offering, the wood, the stones, the dust and even the water. Yahweh burnt everything. When the people saw what happened, they fell on their faces proclaiming that Yahweh was God indeed.

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