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BY J. R. MILLER

Obadiah, who appears in this part of the story,
is an interesting character in his way. We are
told that he ''feared Jehovah greatly," and yet
he was kept in a prominent position in the palace
of Ahab. This certainly seems a strange place to
find a godly man, a faithful servant of Jehovah.
All were for Baal there. Baal's prophets
swarmed about the royal residence. Jezebel was
there,— the wicked, vindictive, Jehovah-hating
queen. Prophets of the Lord had been killed,
every one who was opposed to Baal. Yet Obadiah
was kept there. We are surprised that he was tol-
erated. Then we are surprised that he, being a
good man, stayed in such an ungodly place.
BY J. R. MILLER

Obadiah, who appears in this part of the story,
is an interesting character in his way. We are
told that he ''feared Jehovah greatly," and yet
he was kept in a prominent position in the palace
of Ahab. This certainly seems a strange place to
find a godly man, a faithful servant of Jehovah.
All were for Baal there. Baal's prophets
swarmed about the royal residence. Jezebel was
there,— the wicked, vindictive, Jehovah-hating
queen. Prophets of the Lord had been killed,
every one who was opposed to Baal. Yet Obadiah
was kept there. We are surprised that he was tol-
erated. Then we are surprised that he, being a
good man, stayed in such an ungodly place.

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OBADIAH AND ELIJAHBY J. R. MILLER Read 1 Kings XVIII. , 5-16There must have been a tender parting when theprophet went away from the widow's house. Hehad been there so long and his stay had been sucha blessing to the little household that his depar-ture must have caused great sorrow. It is goodfor us to make ourselves so helpful and such ablessing wherever we visit or tarry for a time,whether only for an hour or a night or for manydays, that when we go away we shall be missedand pleasantly remembered. Not every oneleaves fragrant memories, however, after such astay ; some fail to endear themselves to the house-hold in which they are guests, and then their de-parture is a relief. It must have been a trial tothe prophet, too, to go away from the quiet homewhere he had been so long, where he had been sokindly treated, especially since he was now to gointo the presence of Ahab. However, he neitherfaltered nor hesitated in his obedience. Ease and821 KINGS XVIIL, 5-16 83comfort laad no attraction to hold him back fromduty. It required courage, too, to go and face theking.Ahab was a man of unscrupulous wickedness,and Jezebel, his wife, was one of the most dan-
 
gerous women that ever lived. She had killed allthe prophets of God she could lay her hands on.Elijah was especially obnoxious to the king andqueen. They had been searching for him every-where during the three and a half years of thefamine, that they might destroy him. Yet therewas no fear in the prophet. The divine command-ments are always to be obeyed, and obeyed nonethe less promptly and cheerfully when they takeus out of the warmth into the storm than whenthey call us from the storm into the warmth.Obadiah, who appears in this part of the story,is an interesting character in his way. We aretold that he ''feared Jehovah greatly," and yethe was kept in a prominent position in the palaceof Ahab. This certainly seems a strange place tofind a godly man, a faithful servant of Jehovah.All were for Baal there. Baal's prophetsswarmed about the royal residence. Jezebel wasthere,— the wicked, vindictive, Jehovah-hatingqueen. Prophets of the Lord had been killed,every one who was opposed to Baal. Yet Obadiahwas kept there. We are surprised that he was tol-erated. Then we are surprised that he, being agood man, stayed in such an ungodly place. Prob-ably it is a testimony to Obadiah 's value and use-84 OBADIAH AND ELIJAHfulness that he was retained in the household of Ahab and Jezebel. We know that even bad men,when they want trustworthy servants, prefer goodmen. Obadiah may have been too valuable a per-son to be dispensed with, even though Ahab andJezebel hated him. Yet ought Obadiah to have re-mained in that wicked court? The answer seemsto be affirmative. That was the place where Grod
 
wanted him to witness and shine as a light. Goodmen are wanted ofttimes in evil places. The goodare to be the salt of the earth, the light of theworld. God needs them, too, as witnesses forHim.The brief sketch of Obadiah given us here sug-gests several lessons. One is that it is possibleto live a true, godly life, even amid most ungodlyinfluences and associations. We need only tomake sure we are where God wants us to be. If so, and if only we are faithful, our religion willnot be obscured or extinguished by any adverseinfluence. The stories of Joseph, Moses, and Dan-iel also illustrate this. Some men are even betterin a hard environment than in an easy one, justas some plants grow in the Arctic winter thatwould die in an equatorial summer. Obadiahseems to have been true to God in a place whereall was false. He maintained his faith and hisworship. He was probably the only one there whowas not an idolator. We are told that he fearedthe Lord ''greatly," which indicates a religion of a particularly positive and active kind. Yet we1 KINGS XVIII., 5-16 85can not help thinking that it must have been asecret faithfulness to God which he practiced. Itis not likely that if he had been outspoken for Je-hovah he could have remained there.Another suggestion from the story of Obadiahis that God has different kinds of work for differ-ent men. Elijah had his work— to flash like thelightning, to deliver his startling messages, andthen vanish for years. The work of Obadiah wasto witness for God, not in speech, but by a good

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