Cornerstone Baptist Church, 455 Hands Mill
Hwy, Rock Hill, SC 29732
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Pastor Ron Roddey
"Make A Decision"
Cornerstone Baptist Church
Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA
Sunday Morning, January 30, 2011
1st Kings Chapter 18
18:1 And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came
to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, show thyself unto Ahab; and I
will send rain upon the earth.
18:2 And Elijah went to show himself unto Ahab. And there was a sore
famine in Samaria.
18:3 And Ahab called Obadiah, which was the governor of his house. (Now
Obadiah feared the LORD greatly:
18:4 For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD, that
Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and
fed them with bread and water.)
18:5 And Ahab said unto Obadiah, Go into the land, unto all fountains of
water, and unto all brooks: peradventure we may find grass to save the
horses and mules alive, that we lose not all the beasts.
18:6 So they divided the land between them to pass throughout it: Ahab
went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by himself.
18:7 And as Obadiah was in the way, behold, Elijah met him: and he knew
him, and fell on his face, and said, Art thou that my lord Elijah?
18:8 And he answered him, I am: go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is
18:9 And he said, What have I sinned, that thou wouldest deliver thy
servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me?
18:10 As the LORD thy God liveth, there is no nation or kingdom, whither
my lord hath not sent to seek thee: and when they said, He is not there;
he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they found thee not.
18:11 And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here.
18:12 And it shall come to pass, as soon as I am gone from thee, that
the Spirit of the LORD shall carry thee whither I know not; and so when
I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot find thee, he shall slay me: but I
thy servant fear the LORD from my youth.
18:13 Was it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets
of the LORD, how I hid an hundred men of the LORD's prophets by fifty in
a cave, and fed them with bread and water?
18:14 And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here:
and he shall slay me.
18:15 And Elijah said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand,
I will surely show myself unto him to day.
18:16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him: and Ahab went to meet
18:17 And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto
him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel?
18:18 And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy
father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD,
and thou hast followed Baalim.
18:19 Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel,
and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the
groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel's table.
18:20 So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the
prophets together unto mount Carmel.
18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye
between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then
follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
18:22 Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet
of the LORD; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men.
18:23 Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one
bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and
put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on
wood, and put no fire under:
18:24 And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name
of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all
the people answered and said, It is well spoken.
18:25 And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock
for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the
name of your gods, but put no fire under.
18:26 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed
it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying,
O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they
leaped upon the altar which was made.
18:27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said,
Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or
he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.
18:28 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with
knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.
18:29 And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied
until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was
neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.
18:30 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all
the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD
that was broken down.
18:31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the
tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came,
saying, Israel shall be thy name:
18:32 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and
he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures
18:33 And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and
laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour
it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.
18:34 And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second
time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.
18:35 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench
also with water.
18:36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening
sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of
Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art
God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these
things at thy word.
18:37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art
the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.
18:38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice,
and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that
was in the trench.
18:39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they
said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.
18:40 And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one
of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the
brook Kishon, and slew them there.
18:41 And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there
is a sound of abundance of rain.
18:42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top
of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face
between his knees,
18:43 And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he
went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again
18:44 And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold,
there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand. And he
said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down that
the rain stop thee not.
18:45 And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black
with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and
went to Jezreel.
18:46 And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his
loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.
Go ye therefore, and teach
all nations, baptizing them in
the name of the Father, and of
the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
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