Meeting of Elijah and Obadiah (1 Kings 18:7-18:15)

“As Obadiah was on his way, Elijah met him. Obadiah recognized him. He fell on his face and said. ‘Is it you, my lord Elijah?’ He answered him. ‘It is I. Go tell your lord that Elijah is here.’ Obadiah said. ‘How have I sinned, that you would hand your servant over to King Ahab, to kill me? As Yahweh your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom to which my lord has not sent to seek you. When they would say, ‘he is not here,’ he would require an oath of the kingdom or nation, that they had not found you. But now you say. ‘Go tell your lord that Elijah is here.’ As soon as I have gone from you, the Spirit of Yahweh will carry you I know not where. So, when I come and tell KIng Ahab and he cannot find you, he will kill me, although I your servant have revered Yahweh from my youth. Has it not been told my lord what I did when Jezebel killed the prophets of Yahweh, how I hid a hundred of Yahweh’s prophets, fifty to a cave. I provided them with bread and water? Yet you now say. ‘Go tell your lord that Elijah is here.’ He will surely kill me.’ Elijah said. ‘As Yahweh of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him today.’”

Obadiah and Elijah met. Immediately Obadiah showed reverence to Elijah by prostrating before him. Obadiah was reluctant to have his king meet with Elijah. King Ahab had been looking for Elijah near and far. King Ahab would kill Obadiah if he went to the king, since the Spirit of Yahweh would protect Elijah by bringing him elsewhere. He reminded Elijah about how he had helped the prophets of Yahweh when Jezebel had tried to kill them. Despite all this, Elijah wanted Obadiah to go tell King Ahab that he wanted to meet with him.