“Fill four waterpots with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice and on the wood.” Then he said, “Do it a second time,” and they did it a second time; and he said, “Do it a third time,” and they did it a third time. So the water ran all round the altar; and he also filled the trench with water. 1 Kings 18.33-35
One of the many things that have caught my attention in this passage, about Elijah on Mount Carmel, is the fact that he asked them to pour four waterpots of water over the sacrifice three times, which represents 150 liters of water. After three years of drought in all of Israel, potable water was certainly the most valuable thing for everyone, and the people sacrificed this huge amount of water WITHOUT QUESTIONING!
One of the definitions of the word question is to “raise doubt about” someone or something.
This was true madness of faith!
After all, how could he ask the people to bring water when they were going through an extreme drought? Here are some obvious reasons:
- The importance and value water gained during the three years of drought.
- The manifestation of true faith, which is a definite faith, never questions but obeys. When doubt exists, then it is not faith.
- The sacrifice to the true God that would bring the impossible from the heavens, which is the Fire (Holy Spirit), could not be the same as what was presented to Baal. It had to be different, special and better. If it were only an animal, it would be the same as what was presented to Baal.
- The blood of the sacrificial animal represented life, and there is also life in water. It was life (people) for LIFE (God)!
Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word. Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again. 1 Kings 18.36-37
Elijah’s prayer after the special sacrifice was prepared, vindicated the Fire (Holy Spirit) for specific reasons:
- To manifest before everyone that God was God in Israel.
- So everyone could be sure that Elijah was a servant of God.
- To let it be known that Elijah had done everything according to the Word of God.
- For the people to recognize that God is Lord.
- For everyone to be aware of the fact that God sent His Fire (Holy Spirit) there to turn their hearts back to Him.
This reminds me:
So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us, and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Acts 15.8-9
This campaign in the faith and power of Elijah will certainly cause the greatest (maybe the last) Spiritual Revival of all time, if there is no questioning.