Re:Verse passage – 1 Kings 18:30-39 (day three)

“Then Elijah said to all the people, ‘Come near to me.’”

Elijah didn’t treat this occasion as a scolding, but rather as a time of participating in the forgotten ways. He didn’t keep the people at a distance like an audience at a lecture. His method was “show, don’t tell.” He drew the men and women close to him so they could experience the reality that an alter used to point beyond the material realm. It used to speak of heaven. It used to appeal to God for help, for mercy, for forgiveness, for hope in a tired world. The priests of Ba’al had exhausted themselves and their followers. Elijah tenderly bids the people to move in close, foreshadowing Jesus’s invitation to all who are weary and heavy laden: “Come to me, and I will give you rest.”

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

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