“At that place Elijah came to a cave. He spent the night there. Then the word of Yahweh came to him, saying. ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’ He answered. ‘I have been very zealous for Yahweh, the God of hosts. The Israelites have forsaken your covenant. They have thrown down your altars. They have killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left. They are seeking my life, to take it away.’”
Elijah came to a cave where he spent the night. There the word of Yahweh came to him wanting to know why he was here. This is no longer an angel or messenger of God but the word of Yahweh himself. He explained his position. The Israelites have broken the covenant of Mount Horeb. They have taken down the Yahweh altars and killed the Yahweh prophets. Elijah was the last one standing and they were seeking his life.