Rulers 1 (Kings) 16-19


     16[1-6] The word of Yahweh came to Jehu of Hanani against Baasha, saying, “Because I uplifted you out of the dust, and made you head over My people Israel, and you’ve done like Jeroboam, and have made My people Israel to sin, to make Me angry with their sins, I’ll completely throw away Baasha and his house; and I’ll make your house like the house of Jeroboam of Nebat. Those who die of Baasha in the city the dogs will eat; and those who die of his in the field the birds of the sky will eat. Now the rest of the acts of Baasha, and what he did, and his strength, are written in The Book of the Chronicles of the Rulers of Israel. Baasha died, and was buried in Tirzah; and Elah his son ruled in his place.

[7-10] Besides this, by the preacher Jehu of Hanani, the word of Yahweh came against Baasha, and against his house, both because of all the evil that he did in Yahweh’s sight, to make God angry with what he did, in being like the house of Jeroboam, and because he killed him. In the 26th year of Asa, Ruler of Judah, Elah, son of Baasha, began to rule over Israel in Tirzah, and ruled two years. His worker Zimri, captain of half his war vehicles, schemed against him. Now he was in Tirzah, drinking himself drunk in the house of Arza, who was over the household in Tirzah; and Zimri went in and fought him, and killed him, in the 27th year of Asa, and ruled in his place.

[11-14] When he began to rule, as soon as he sat on his throne, he fought all the house of Baasha; he didn’t leave him a single boy, or any of his relatives, or any of his friends. So Zimri destroyed all the house of Baasha, as Yahweh had spoken against Baasha, by Jehu the preacher, for all the sins of Baasha, and the sins of Elah, his son, which they sinned, and with which they made Israel to sin, to make Yahweh, the God of Israel, angry with their false worship. Now the rest of the acts of Elah, and what he did, are written in The Book of the Chronicles of the Rulers of Israel.

[15-22] In the 27th year of Asa, Ruler of Judah, did Zimri rule seven days in Tirzah. Now the people were camped against Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines. The people who were camped heard say, Zimri has schemed, and has also killed the Ruler; so all Israel made Omri, the captain of the troops, Ruler over Israel that day in the camp. Omri went up from Gibbethon, and all Israel with him, and they surrounded Tirzah. When Zimri saw that the city was taken, he went into the tower of the Ruler’s house, and burnt the Ruler’s house over him with fire, and died for his sins which he sinned in doing what Yahweh said was evil, in doing what Jeroboam did, and doing the sins he had done, to make Israel to sin. Now the rest of the acts of Zimri, and his treason that he did, are written in The Book of the Chronicles of the Rulers of Israel. Then the people of Israel were divided in half; half of the people followed Tibni of Ginath, to make him Ruler; and half followed Omri. But the people who followed Omri were stronger than the people who followed Tibni of Ginath; so Tibni died, and Omri ruled.

[23-28] In the 31st year of Asa, Ruler of Judah, OmrI amgan to rule over Israel, and ruled 12 years; he ruled six years in Tirzah.        He bought the hill Samaria of Shemer for 150 lbs of silver; and he built on the hill, and called the name of the city which he built, after the name of Shemer, the owner of the hill, Samaria. Omri did what Yahweh said was evil, and did more evil than all who were before him. He did what Jeroboam of Nebat did, and did the sins with which he made Israel to sin, to make Yahweh, the God of Israel, angry with their false worship. [Now the rest of the acts of Omri and his strength that he showed are written in The Book of the Chronicles of the Rulers of Israel. So Omri died, and was buried in Samaria; and Ahab, his son, ruled in his place.

[29-34] In the 38th year of Asa, Ruler of Judah, Ahab, son of Omri, began to rule over Israel; and Ahab ruled over Israel in Samaria 22 years. Ahab did what Yahweh said was evil more than those who were before him. As if it had been a light thing for him to do the sins of Jeroboam of Nebat, he took as wife Jezebel, the daughter of Ethbaal, Ruler of the Sidonians, and went and served Baal, worshipping their false god. He put up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria.                Ahab made the Asherah (wooden idol used for worship of Astarte, Canaanite fertility goddess, the wife of Baal); and Ahab did even more to make Yahweh, the God of Israel, angrier than all the Rulers of Israel who were before him. In his days, Hiel, the Bethelite, built Jericho; he laid its foundation with the loss of Abiram, his firstborn, and put up its gates with the loss of his youngest son, Segub, as Yahweh had said by Joshua, son of Nun.

 

     17[1-5] Elijah, the Tishbite, who was of the foreigners of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As Yahweh, the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, there won’t be dew nor rain these years, unless I tell you.” The word of Yahweh came to him, saying, “Get away from here, and go east, and hide by the Cherith River, that is before the Jordan. You’ll drink of the river and I’ve told the ravens to feed you there.”So he went and did as Yahweh had said, going to live by the Cherith River, that is before the Jordan. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and evening; and he drank of the river.

[7-15] After a while, the river dried up, because there was no rain in the land.Then the word of Yahweh came to him, saying, “Get up, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and live there; I’ve told a death survivor there to keep you.So he got up and went to Zarephath; and when he came to the gate of the city, a death survivor was there gathering sticks; and he called to her, saying, “Please get me a little water in a pot, that I may drink.”As she was going to get it, he called to her, saying, “Please bring me a piece of bread in your hand.”She said, “As Yahweh, your God lives, I don’t have a cake, but a handful of meal in the jar, and a little oil in the jar; and see, I’m gathering two sticks, that I may go in and bake it for me and my child, that we may eat it, and die.” Elijah said to her, “Don’t be scared; go and do as you’ve said, but make me a little cake first, and bring it to me, and afterward make for you and for your son.Yahweh, the God of Israel, says, “The jar of meal won’t empty, neither will the jar of oil fail, until the day that Yahweh sends rain on the earth.” She went and did what Elijah had told her; and she, and he, and her child, ate many days.The jar of meal didn’t empty, neither did the jar of oil fail, as Yahweh had said by Elijah.

 [16-24] Afterwards, the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was very bad, so that he stopped breathing. She said to Elijah, “What have I to do with you, follower of God? You’ve come to me to remind me of my sin, and to kill my child!” He said to her, “Give me your son.” He took him out of her lap, and carried him up into the room, where he stayed, and laid him on his own bed.He cried to Yahweh, saying, “Yahweh, my God, have you also brought evil on this death survivor with whom I stay, by killing her son?”He stretched himself out on the child three times, and cried to Yahweh, saying, “Yahweh, my God, please let this child’s soul come into him again.” Yahweh listened to the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.               Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the room into the house, and gave him back to his mother; and Elijah said, “See, your son lives.” The woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you’re a follower of God, and that the word of Yahweh in your mouth is true.”

 

     18[1-5] After many days, the word of Yahweh came to Elijah, in the third year, saying, “Go, show yourself to Ahab; and I’ll send rain on the earth.” Elijah went to show himself to Ahab and there was a great lack of food in Samaria. Ahab called Obadia, who was over the household. (Now Obadiah respected Yahweh greatly for when Jezebel killed the preachers of Yahweh, Obadiah took a hundred preachers, and hid them fifty to a cave, and fed them with bread and water.) Ahab said to Obadiah, “Go through the land, to all the creeks of water, and to all the rivers; in case we might find grass and save the horses and mules, that we not lose all the animals.

     [6-14] So they divided the land between them to go throughout it; Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by himself.As Obadiah was on the road, Elijah met him; and he knew him, and dropped to the ground, saying, Is it you, Sir, Elijah? He answered him, “It’s me; go, tell your leader, Elijah is here.” He said, “How have I sinned, that you’d give Your follower into the power of Ahab, to kill me?As Yahweh, your God lives, there’s no nation or countriy where he hasn’t sent to look for you; and when they said, ‘He isn’t here,’ he made the countries and nation make a promise that they didn’t find you. Now you say, ‘Go, tell your leader, Elijah is here.’As soon as I’m gone from you, the Spirit of Yahweh will carry you I don’t know where; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he can’t find you, he’ll kill me; but I Your follower respect Yahweh from my youth.Wasn’t it told sir what I did when Jezebel killed the preachers of Yahweh, how I hid a hundred people of Yahweh’s preachers by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water?Now you say, ‘Go, tell your leader, Elijah is here;’ and he’ll kill me.

     [15-20] Elijah said, “As Yahweh, the God of All Creation lives, before whom I stand, I’ll truly show myself to him today.”       So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him; and Ahab went to meet Elijah.When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, “Is it you, you troubler of Israel?” “He answered, I haven’t troubled Israel; but you, and your father’s house, in that you’ve left the words of Yahweh, and you’ve followed the Baals.So now send, and gather to me all Israel to Mount Carmel, and the 450 preachers of Baal, and the 400 preachers of the Asherah (wooden idol used for worship of Astarte, Canaanite fertility goddess, the wife of Baal), who eat at Jezebel’s table. So Ahab sent to all the people of Israel, and gathered the preachers together to Mount Carmel.

     [21-24] Elijah came close to all the people, saying, “How long will you waver between two sides? If Yahweh is God, follow God; but if Baal, then follow Baal. The people didn’t say a word. Then Elijah said to the people, “I, and I only, am left a preacher of Yahweh; but Baal has 450 preachers.So let them give us two cows; and let them choose one bull for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, and put no fire under it; and I’ll dress the other bull, and lay it on the wood, and put no fire under it. You call on the name of your god, and I’ll call on the Name of Yahweh; and the God who answers by fire, let him be God.” All the people answered, “What you’ve said is good.”

     [25-29] Elijah said to the preachers of Baal, “Choose one bull for yourselves, and dress it first because you’re many; and call on the name of your god, but put no fire under it.”So they took the bull which was given them, and they got it ready, and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, “Baal, hear us.” But there was no voice, no one who answered. They jumped around the altar which was made.At noon, Elijah mocked them, saying, “Cry louder! He is a god, isn’t he? Either he is deep in thought, or he is gone to take a shit, or he is on a trip, or maybe he’s asleep and must be woke up.”So they cried louder, and cut themselves in their way with knives and spears, until the blood ran on them.It was past midday, and they prayed until the time of the evening offering; but there was no voice, no answer, no one who listened to them.

[30-35] Elijah said to all the people, “Come close to me; and all the people came close to him. He built the altar of Yahweh that was knocked down.Elijah took 12 stones, according to the number of the family groups of the descendants of Jacob, to whom the word of Yahweh came, saying, Israel will be your name. With the stones he built an altar in the Name of Yahweh; and he made a trench around the altar, as great as would contain 12 bushels of seed.He put the wood in order, and cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood. He said, “Fill four jars with water, and pour it on the burnt offering, and on the wood.”               He said, “Do it again;” and they did it again. He said, “Do it a third time;” and they did it the third time.The water ran around the altar and filled the trench also with water.

     [36-40] At the time of the evening offering, Elijah, the preacher, came close, saying, “Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known today that You’re God in Israel, and that I’m Your follower, and that I’ve done all these things at your word. Listen to me, Yahweh, Listen to me, that this people may know that You, Yahweh, are God, and that You’ve turned their heart back again.Then the fire of Yahweh fell, and burned up the burnt offering, the wood, the stones, the dust, and licked up all the water that was in the trench. When all the people saw it, they fell facedown; and they said, “Yahweh is God; Yahweh is God.” And Elijah said to them, “Take the preachers of Baal; don’t let one of them escape!” They took them; and Elijah brought them down to the river Kishon, and killed them there.

     [41-45] Elijah said to Ahab, “Get up, eat and drink because I hear the sound of a heavy rain. So Ahab went up to eat and drink. Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he bowed down on the earth, and put his face between his knees.He said to his worker, “Go up now, look toward the sea. He went up, and looked, saying, “There isn’t anything.” He said, “Go back seven times.” At the 7th time, he said, “ I see a small cloud, like a man’s hand, rising out of the sea.” He said, “Go up, tell Ahab, make ready your war vehicle, and get down, that the rain not stop you.” In a little while, the sky grew dark with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain. Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel; and the hand of Yahweh was on Elijah; and he tied up his clothes around his waist, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.

 

     19[1-4] Ahab told Jezebel what Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the preachers with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I don’t make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.”When he saw that, he got up, and ran for his life, and came to Beersheba, in Judah, and left his follower there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the countryside, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he asked to die, saying, “It’s enough; now, O Yahweh, take away my life because I’m no better than my ancestors.”

     [5-12] He lay down and slept under the juniper tree; and an angel touched him, saying to him, “Get up and eat.”He looked, and saw at his head a cake baked on the coals and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and laid down again.The angel of Yahweh came again the second time, and touched him, saying, “Get up and eat, because the journey is too long for you.”   He got up, and ate and drink, and went on the strength of that food 40 days and nights to Horeb, the Mount of God. He came to a cave there, and stayed there; and the word of Yahweh came to him, saying, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He said, “I’ve been very jealous for Yahweh, the God of all Creation, because the people of Israel have left Your promised agreement, knocked down Your altars, and killed Your preachers; and I, and I only, am left; and they want to take my life.”God said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before Yahweh.” Then Yahweh passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains, and broke the rocks in pieces before Yahweh; but Yahweh wasn’t in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake; but Yahweh wasn’t in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire; but Yahweh wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.

     [13-18] So when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cape, and went out, and stood in the opening of the cave. He heard a voice, saying, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”He said, “I’ve been very jealous for Yahweh, the God of all Creation, because the people of Israel have left Your promised agreement, thrown down Your altars, and killed all Your preachers; and I, and I only, am left; and they want to take my life.” Yahweh said to him, “Go, go back to the countryside of Damascus; and when you go, anoint Hazael to be Ruler over Syria; and anoint Jehu, son of Nimshi to be Ruler over Israel; and anoint Elisha, son of Shaphat, of Abel Meholah to be preacher in your place.Those who escape from the sword of Hazael Jehu will kill; and those who escape from the sword of Jehu Elisha will kill.ButI still have 7,000 in Israel, all the knees which haven’t bowed to Baal, and every mouth which hasn’t kissed him.

     [19-21] So he left there, and found Elisha of Shaphat, who was plowing with 12 pairs of cows before him, and he with the 12th; and Elijah went to him, and threw his cape on him.  He left the cows, and ran after Elijah, saying, “Let me, I ask, kiss my father and mother goodbye, and then I’ll follow you. He said to him, “Go back; what have I done to you?”He went back from following him, and took the pairs of cows, and killed them, and boiled their meat with the equipment of the cows, and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he got up, and followed Elijah, and took care of him.

 

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I am a mother of eight wonderfully challenging children and nine grandkids, of whom I am very proud. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. I have endeavored to paraphrase the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, for the last ten years or so and am working on a final edit, now. It is my hope that it will be of some use in the great commission of Christ. My ministry is primarily geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community around the world. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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