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Elijah Calls Down Fire From Heaven.

Elijah Calls Down Fire From Heaven.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. C. SIMEON, M. A.


2 Kings. i. II, 12. Again also he sent unto him another captain of
fifty with his fifty : and he ansivered and said nnio him,

man of God, this hath the king said. Come down quickly.

And Elijah answei'ed and said unto them,, If I he a man of

God) let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy
fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and con^

Slimed him, and his fifty.
BY REV. C. SIMEON, M. A.


2 Kings. i. II, 12. Again also he sent unto him another captain of
fifty with his fifty : and he ansivered and said nnio him,

man of God, this hath the king said. Come down quickly.

And Elijah answei'ed and said unto them,, If I he a man of

God) let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy
fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and con^

Slimed him, and his fifty.

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ELIJAH CALLS DOW FIRE FROM HEAVE. BY REV. C. SIMEO, M. A.2 Kings. i. II, 12. Again also he sent unto him another captain of fifty with his fifty : and he ansivered and said nnio him, man of God, this hath the king said. Come down quickly. And Elijah answei'ed and said unto them,, If I he a man of God) let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and con^ Slimed him, and his fifty. MAY things recorded in the Old Testament appear at first sight to savour of harshness and seve- rity. The utter extirpation of the Canaanites, and the judgments inflicted occasionally on the Israelites themselves, were doubtless such dispensations as we cannot contemplate without feeling that " God is very greatly to be feared." The instance before us is of a very terrific nature ; and we may be ready to wonder, how a good man could deliberately call fire from heaven to consume two whole companies of fifty 96 2 KIGS, I. 11, 12. [242. fifty each, when they had no alternative but to fulfil the orders given them, or be put to death for a viola- tion of them. But, if any thing appear to us inex- plicable, it is owing to our ignorance, and not to any inequality in the divine government. As to the con- duct of Elijah, we will proceed to shew,
 
I. How it may be vindicated — As being " a man of like passions with us," he might err, and did err on some occasions ; but in this matter he did nothing that was in any wise un- becoming his high character. Consider, 1. The provocation given — [This was exceeding great. Ahaziah walked in all the steps of liis father Ahab : and this alone was abundantly sufficient to call forth the displeasure of God against him. But he had now been pouring contempt on God in a more than ordinary degree. He had fallen through a lattice, and the injury he had received was likely to prove fatal. Anxious to know what the event would be, he sent messengers to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron. By this conduct he declared, not to Israel only, but even to the heathen themselves, that there was no God in Israel able to solve the question, and that the god of Ekron, a city of the Philistines, was superior to him. What an insult was this to the God of Israel, " Whose name is, Jealous!" And what a ten- dency had this to confirm the heathen in their idolatry, and to  justify them in their rejection of the true God ! Besides this, when Jehovah sent his servant Elijah to reprove the messengers, and to give them the information which they were going to seek, Ahaziah, instead of humbling himself for his offence, and preparing for his latter end, rose up in anger against the God of heaven and earth, and sent a band of soldiers to seize the Prophet, in order to wreak his vengeance on him. He knew that Elijah was a most distinguished prophet of Jehovah, and yet he determined to slay him, for no other reason than because he had delivered the message which God had sent him to deliver. What was this but to contend with God himself ? But further, when the whole band with their commander were consumed by fire from heaven, the enraged king did not at all relent, but sent another, and another band, as though he was determined never to relinciuish the unequal contest.
 
Can we wonder that God should inHict signal vengeance on such a man, and mark the evil of his conduct in the severity of his punishment ?] 2. The judgment inflicted — Fire was sent from heaven to consume the men. But cnuM ElijaU 242.] ELIJAH CALLS DOW PIBE PROM HEAVE. 9/ Elijah do this ? or was he any other than the mere organ of the Deity, to announce the judgment, and assign the reason of it } When Moses intreated of God to interpose and shew whom he had chosen for his high priest, fire came forth to consume all the competitors of Aaron ; or when Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, with all their families, were swallowed up alive in the earth according to the prediction of Moses ; was Moses the author of the judg- ments ? The people indeed foolishly complained of him as such; but it is manifest that it was Jehovah alone, and not Moses, that inflicted these punishments on the offending people. So it was with Elijah : he did not even pray for the judgments as one under the influence of revenge, but merely denounced them ac- cording to the will of his Divine Master. The terms in which theywere denounced are worthy of notice. The captains, in calling him " a man of God," did not mean to honour, but insult him : it was as though they had said, "Thou boastest of Jehovah as thy Master ; but we come to thee in the name of a greater king than he: king Ahaziah says. Come down, come down quickly." " Then says Elijah, " If I be a man of God, you

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