Elijah the Prophet, Well to Do?


Elijah the Prophet is an interesting character from the Bible, 1 Kings.

He bursts on the scene w/ no introduction, performs wonderous miracles and signs, and then after a few chapters is taken up to heaven in a whirlwind.

But here’s a question – what did he do to feed himself?  Was he rich?  Poor?  Some people would say he totally depended on the LORD as shown by being fed by ravens and being fed by the widow of Zarephath. These are just my thoughts.  Some musings, if you will…

First of all, he is introduced as Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe of Gilead.  Tishbe is translated settlers or strangers.  So perhaps Elijah was not a Jew.

He had access to the King.  So most likely, he was a prominent figure in the land.  It is unlikely that a ‘nobody’ would be able to speak with the King of Israel so easily.

What did he do?  I’ve heard from a pastor that he had a school for prophets, but that statement is not backed up by anything I’ve read yet.  Well, he did something that allowed him to disappear for long periods of time.  The LORD had him ‘hide’ for three years! He must have worked with his hands, or GOD supplied His needs miraculously and faithfully. I don’t think Elijah was like a bum.  That’s how some people would have him depicted.

In first Kings 18 when Elijah meets Obadiah, Obadiah recognizes his greatness by bowing and calling him ‘Lord Elijah’.  Obadiah, himself, was a man of standing, being the chief steward of the King of Israel, Ahab.

We see Elijah had servant(s).

Elisha becomes his attendant, just like that.  Elijah finds him, throws his cloak around him, and Elisha drops all and follows him.  Elisha himself was plowing with 12 pair of oxen, indicating that his family had some resources.  Elijah was established as a prophet for sure, Elisha definitely knew who he was, and Elisha probably heard what happened at Mount Carmel.

My point is, if you’ve been called by the LORD to be a prophet.  Don’t be afraid.  Prophets are not all bums on the street with Bibles yelling at people.  Prophets come in all sizes, shapes, and colors, so to speak.

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  1. Austin Outland

     /  August 3, 2010

    I am very interested in Elijah. I find him to be an amazing character. The Bible simply does not tell enough and describe enough for us to have a perfect vision of what went down. I see simlarities in the life of Jesus and Elijah. I wonder how they correlate. They both went into heaven a spiritual realm with a physical body. I also find it interesting to discover that Angels are able to present themselves as physical beings. Yet, In JOHN CH. 3 VERSE 13 I found this “And no man hath (has) ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.” So was Elijah even a “man”? Elijah and Jesus two different names.

  2. jchenwa

     /  August 4, 2010

    Great find and worthy of a lot of consideration (and maybe prayer). The idea of different incarnations of who we call the Word – akin to the Hindu idea. Enoch 2. Or is the Son of Man not only 1 man? The winds are changing and walls are coming down. As mankind collectively ‘evolves’ or opens up to changes of the LORD, our eyes are being opened to the Truth. Thank you for valuable comment!

    But now a few things come to mind: What about Elisha? Who was he? Moses? Why don’t people do miracles like that anymore? The last was Jesus, I heard. What about other cultures? Every culture that has a religion has accounts of miracle working wise men like Jesus or Elijah? Are they for real or no?

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