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Elijah starts a drought, gets fed by ravens, takes on Baal and wins, calls Elisha, enrages Jezebel and Ahab and flees to Sinai. Ben-hadad besieges Samaria and loses, but Ahab makes a treaty with him: 1 Kings 17−20)

While Ben-Hadad was besieging Samaria, the country was in severe drought.

It was in this context that Elisha came to prominence: his first words in the Bible were to announce the beginning of that drought:

1 Kings 17:1 Now Elijah, who was from Tishbe in Gilead, told King Ahab, ‘As surely as the Lord, the God of Israel, lives—the God I serve—there will be no dew or rain during the next few years until I give the word!’

Elisha was no prosperity preacher.

He lived through the drought like everyone else, albeit with God’s supernatural provision (through a raven supplying food, a creek supplying water until it ran dry, then a  widow and her jar of oil that never ended). he denounced idolatry where he saw it, yet he was human enough to run for his life when threatened by Jezebel:

1 Kings 19:2-4 So Jezebel sent this message to Elijah: ‘May the gods strike me and even kill me if by this time tomorrow I have not killed you just as you killed them.’ Elijah was afraid and fled for his life …. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. ‘I have had enough, Lord,’ he said. ‘Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.’

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