| Hurlbut's Story of the Bible|
|by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut|
|A book which stands in such honor as the Bible should be known by all. And the time when one can most readily obtain a familiarity with the Bible is in early life. Those who in childhood learn the Story of the Bible are fortunate, for they will never forget it. In this unabridged and unedited edition you will find all the principal stories of the Bible, each one complete in itself, while together combining to form a continuous narrative. With 168 stories from both the Old Testament and the New Testament, there is ample material for a full year of reading. Ages 6-12 |
THE PRAYER THAT WAS ANSWERED IN FIRE
I Kings xviii: 1 to 46.
HREE years passed after Elijah gave the message of the
Lord to King Ahab, and in all that time no rain fell
upon the land of Israel. Everywhere the brooks ceased
to flow, the springs became dry, the ground was
parched, and the fields gave no harvest. There was no
grass for the cattle and the flocks, and there was
scarcely any food for the people.
King Ahab was in great trouble. He knew that Elijah
had the power to call down rain; but Elijah was nowhere
to be found. He sent men to search for him everywhere
in the land, and he asked the kings of the nations
around to look for him in their countries; for he hoped
to persuade the prophet to set the land free from the
long drought by calling for rain.
When the land was at its worst, in the third year, Ahab
called the chief of his servants, the man who stood
next to the king. His name was Obadiah, and, unlike
Ahab, he was a good man, worshipping the Lord, and
trying to do right. Once, when Queen Jezebel sought to
kill all the prophets of the Lord, Obadiah hid a
hundred of them in two caves, fifty in each cave, and
gave them food, and kept them in safety.
Ahab said to Obadiah, "Let us go through all the land,
you in one part, and I in another, and look for running
streams and fountains of water. Perhaps we can find
some water, enough to save a part of the horses and
mules, so that we may not lose them all."
And as Obadiah was going through his part of the
country, looking for water, suddenly Elijah met him.
Obadiah knew Elijah at once. He fell on his face
before him, and said, "Is this my lord Elijah?"
 And Elijah answered him, "Yes, it is I, Elijah. Go and
tell your master that Elijah is here."
And Obadiah said, "Oh, my Lord, what wrong have I done,
that you would cause King Ahab to kill me? For there
is not a land where Ahab has not sent for you; and now
when I go to tell him that you are here, the Spirit of
the Lord will send you away to some other place, and
then if Ahab cannot find you he will be angry at me,
and kill me. Do you not know that I fear the Lord, and
serve him?" And Elijah said, "As the Lord God lives, I
will surely show myself to King Ahab to-day."
So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him of Elijah's
coming; and Ahab went to meet Elijah. When Ahab saw
Elijah, he said to him, "Are you here, you that have
brought all this trouble upon Israel?"
And Elijah answered the king, "I am not the one that
has brought trouble upon Israel. It is you, and your
house; for you have turned away from the commands of
the Lord, and have
wor-  shipped the images of Baal. Now
send and bring all the people to Mount Carmel, and with
them the four hundred prophets of Baal, and the four
hundred prophets of the Asherah, who ate at Jezebel's
So Ahab did as Elijah commanded, and brought all the
people to Mount Carmel, which stands by the Great Sea.
And Elijah stood before all the multitude, and he said
to them. "How long will you go halting and limping back
and forth between two sides, not choosing either? If
the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, then
And the people had not a word to say. Then Elijah
spoke again, and said, "I am alone, the only prophet of
the Lord here to-day; but Baal's prophets are four
hundred and fifty men. Now, let the people give us two
young oxen, one for Baal's prophets, and one for me.
Let the prophets of Baal take one ox, and cut it up,
and lay it on the altar on the wood. But let no fire
be placed under it. And I will do the same; then you
call on your god, and I will call on the Lord. And the
God who sends down fire upon his altar, he shall be the
God of Israel."
And the people said, "What you have spoken is right.
We will do as you say, and will see who is the true
Then the two oxen were brought, and one was cut in
pieces and laid on the altar of Baal The prophets of
Baal stood around the altar, and cried aloud, "O Baal,
hear us!" But there was no answer, nor any voice.
After a time the worshippers of Baal became furious.
They leaped and danced around the altar, and they cut
themselves with swords and lances, until the blood
gushed out upon them And Elijah laughed at them, and
mocked them, calling out, "Call out louder, for surely
he is a god! Perhaps he is sitting still and thinking,
or he has gone on a journey; or perhaps he is asleep,
and must be awaked!"
But it was all in vain. The middles of the afternoon
came, and there was no answer. The altar stood with
its offering, but no fire came upon it. Then Elijah
said to all the people, "Come near to me."
And they came near He found an old altar to the Lord
that had been thrown down, and he took twelve stones,
one for each of the twelve tribes, and piled them up to
from the altar anew. Around the altar he dug a trench,
to carry away water. Then he cut wood,
 and laid it on
the altar, and on the wood he placed the young ox, cut
into pieces for a sacrifice. Then he said, "Fill four
barrels with water, and pour it on the offering."
ELIJAH'S SACRIFICE ON MOUNT CARMEL
The Great Sea was near at hand, in sight of all the
people; and from it they brought four barrels of water,
and poured it on the altar. He called upon them to do
it again, and a third time, until the offering, and the
wood, and the altar were soaked through and through,
and the trench was filled with water.
Then, in the sight of all the people, Elijah, the
prophet, drew near, and stood all alone before the
altar, and prayed in these words, "O Lord, the God of
Abraham, of Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this
day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy
servant, and that I have done all these things at thy
word. Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may
know that thou, Lord, art God, and that thou hast
turned their hearts back again to thyself."
Then the fire fell from the Lord, and burned up the
offering, and the wood, and the stones and the dust,
and licked up the water that was in the trench. And
when the people saw it, they fell on their faces, and
they cried, "The Lord, he is God! The Lord, he is God!"
And Elijah said to the people, "Seize the prophets of
Baal; let not one of them escape!"
They took them all, four hundred and fifty men; and by
Elijah's command they brought them down to the dry bed
of the brook Kishon, at the foot of the mountain; and
there Elijah caused them to be put death, because they
had led Israel into sin.
Ahab, the king, was present upon Mount Carmel, and saw
all that had been done. Elijah now said to Ahab, "Rise
up; eat and drink; for there is a sound of a great
While Ahab was eating and drinking, Elijah was praying
upon Mount Carmel. He bowed down, with his face
between his knees, and prayed to the Lord to send rain.
After a time he sent his servant up to the top of the
mountain, saying, "Go up and look toward the sea."
The servant went up, and came back, saying, "I can see
Elijah sent him up seven times; and at the seventh time
his servant said, "I see a cloud rising out of the sea
as small as a man's hand."
 Then Elijah sent to Ahab, saying, "Hasten; make ready
your chariot before the rain stops you."
In a little while the sky was covered with black
clouds, and there came a great rain. And Ahab rode in
his chariot to his palace at Jezreel, on the eastern
side of the great plain. And the power of the Lord was
on Elijah, and he ran before Ahab's chariot to the gate
of the city.
Thus in one day a great victory was wrought for the
Lord God, and the power of Baal was thrown down.
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