More quick thoughts from the Elijah stories. Elijah went to Elisha and anointed him prophet. Elijah’s ministry is only for a while longer but, then, Elisha will do even greater things. God will always have his spokesmen (prophets or apostles or preachers or just everyday believers).
When Benhadad and Syria threatened Israel, the Lord gave the victory to Ahab and Israel. How often God shows himself strong on behalf of his people, even when they are rebellious! Patience! Grace! Mercy!
Ahab and Jezebel killed Naboth and took his small vineyard. The Lord said to Ahab, “In the place where dogs licked up the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick your own blood” (21:19). The unjust use of power is noticed by God, and the one unjustly treated will be avenged by God.
At one point, Ahab repented, and the Lord relented of all the judgment he might have brought against Ahab. Even the most wicked, when coming in repentance, will find a welcoming and forgiving God.
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven;
to his feet your tribute bring.
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
evermore his praises sing.
Praise the everlasting King!
Praise him for his grace and favor
to his people in distress.
Praise him, still the same as ever,
slow to chide, and swift to bless.
Glorious in his faithfulness! -- Henry Francis Lyte (1834)