You Can’t Kill A Dead Man

Posted on: 7-15-112011

Have you ever heard the phrase “you can’t kill a dead man”? The story of Elijah in 1 Kings 18 is a good example of that. Elijah sends for King Ahab because he wants to meet with him to tell him how he and his people have forsaken the commandments of Almighty God to follow the false God’s of the Baals. Elijah instructs Ahab to gather all of Israel on Mount Carmel. Elijah challenges the people by asking them how long they will falter between the Lord and the Baal. Then he issues a challenge to see whose God will answer by fire. The followers of Baal prepare a bull, as does Elijah. The followers of Baal call out to their god, even cutting themselves, but Baal does not answer. Elijah mocks them, telling them to cry louder because Baal may be asleep or in a journey. The fact that Elijah has enough boldness to mock them speaks volumes! He knew very well that King Ahab could’ve had him killed in a second. After all, the king had almost a thousand prophets of Baal standing by watching. At his command, Elijah would’ve been toast. But he is not worried because Elijah is literally a dead man already in the respect that he’s died to himself to live for God. He is an Old Testament example of Paul’s words “to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21) Elijah completely and totally trusted God! He was not worried about whether or not he would die! All he knew was that he served the only true God and he wanted everyone to know it! If you don’t know the story, Baal never did show up that day! However, when Elijah called for his God, the true God, He showed up in a mighty and miraculous way! No one could deny who the true God was that day…just as we cannot deny it now…even though some may try. As followers of Christ, we, too, are called to live our lives as if “to live is Christ and to die is gain.”


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