Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had slain
all the prophets of Baal, Jezebel was furious. She sent this
message to Elijah: "Let the gods do the same to me if I do
not take your life, as you took the lives of the prophets, by this
Elijah once more fled from the city.
While Elijah hid in
a cave on Mount Horeb, the Lord asked him, "What are you
doing here?" Elijah told the Lord all that had happened in
Israel. "The people have forsaken your law, thrown down your
altars, and even killed your prophets. I am the only one
left," Elijah said sadly, "and now they want to kill
"Come out of the cave and stand on the mountain." And
God caused such a
strong wind to sweep across the mountain that even the rocks
crumbled. But Elijah knew God was not in the great, strong wind.
Then God sent an earthquake, and the ground trembled beneath
Elijah's feet. Still Elijah knew God was not in the earthquake.
When the ground was steady again, fire broke out on the mountain
and burned many trees. But Elijah knew God was not in the fire.
was quiet after the fire, Elijah heard a still, small voice. At
once, he knew this was the voice of God. Wrapping his coat about
his face, Elijah stood in the door of the cave to listen.
Again God asked,
"What are you doing here, Elijah?" And Elijah answered
the question just as he had before. But God said, "You are
wrong, Elijah. There are seven thousand people in Israel who have
never worshiped Baal."
Then God said,
"Go back to Israel and anoint Elisha to take your place when