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This Week's Reading: 1 Kings 17-19
Come Follow Me Insight #1
Elijah is referred to as a Tishbite (1 Kings 17:1). But what is a Tishbite? It’s likely that Elijah lived in a town called Tishbe (though we have no record of any such place) within the region of Gilead directly across the Jordan River from Samaria. (Source)
Come Follow Me Insight #2
What was the significance of the 3 ½ year drought Elijah created?
Baal worship had become sadly common in Northern Israel thanks to Queen Jezebel’s wicked influence. In an effort to call the people to repentance Elijah told King Ahab, “As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there small not be dew nor rain, these years, but according to my word.” (1 Kings 17:1) Interestingly enough, one of Baal’s names was “Lord of Rain and Dew” (source). Elijah’s words were not just announcing a drought, but also a show of how powerless the fake god Baal was in the face of the God of Israel.
Come Follow Me Insight #3
Elijah, Elisha, Elias? Do you ever get confused by all of these similar names? Here is a rundown of who they belong to:
- Elijah was the mentor of Elisha, best known for his many amazing miracles. He held the sealing power, destroyed the priests of Baal by calling fire from heaven, and was translated by being taken to heaven in a chariot of fire. Elijah was. . . . dramatic. (Source)
- Elisha was the more gentle-spirited, less dramatic protege of Elijah. He performed miracles like multiplying the widow’s oil and raising a boy from the dead. He’s also the star of my favorite scripture story of all time found in 2 Kings 6! (Source)
- Elias refers to 3 different people/types of people:
- Elias was an actual Old Testament prophet who apparently lived at the same time as Abraham, though not much more is known about him.
- Elias also refers to Elijah the prophet who is called “Elias” in the New Testament (Elias is the Greek form of this name) and appeared on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:3)
Elias is also a title used for someone who is considered a “forerunner.” Bruce R. McConkie referred to every single prophet who brought priesthood keys to Joseph Smith as an “Elias.” In this way, John the Baptist can also be referred to as an Elias. (Source)
My Favorite Scriptures for the Week
- 1 Kings 17:15
- 1 Kings 18:4
- 1 Kings 18:21
- 1 Kings 18:38
- 1 Kings 19:2
- 1 Kings 19:4
- 1 Kings 19:8