1 Kings 18:36-38 (ANIV)
36 At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”
38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.
TIME OF DAY:
Scene 07 – Heavenly fire – evening.
Scene 07 – Heavenly fire – the fire from heaven is the major light source in this cartoon.
Scene 07 – Heavenly fire – Elijah (in orange) & 5 of the 450 prophets of Baal & 400 prophets of Asherah.
Scene 07 – Heavenly fire
Google earth position & orientation – 32°49’34.01“N 34°58’15.81“E looking NNW, over the Haifa Bay. The Mediterranean Sea is off to the left. Mount Meron can be seen on the horizon, between the branches of the oak tree on the right of the cartoon. The mountain is approximately 28 miles away. Incidentally, the Sea of Galilee is approximately 31.5 miles away, due east, though not visible from this cartoon vantage point.
I wanted the fire from heaven to be very bright & pure, so made it white hot, pouring down from heaven like liquid metal, reminiscent of metal from a foundry, being poured out.
The symbols on the prophets of Baal/Asherah are stars. Apollo was worshipped by the prophets of Baal here, he being a sun “god.” I decided to use stars to represent the prophets allegiance to the sun or heavenly bodies.
1 Kings 18:28 (NLT) states: “So they [the prophets of Baal] shouted louder, and following their normal custom, they cut themselves with knives and swords until the blood gushed out.” I have drawn the cuts on the arms of the prophets in my cartoon, & represented their blood a little, but didn’t particularly want to depict them with “blood gushing out”!
I draw & completed the Transfiguration (from Luke 9) in June 2009. In that series of cartoons I had worked out what Elijah looked like & have used the same clothing & colour scheme for him in this cartoon on mount Carmel.
18:36-39 PRAYER, Sovereignty of God (5.51B4)
Elijah’s prayer had three parts: 1) that God would reveal Himself as God; 2) validation of Elijah’s campaign against Baalism; 3) that Israel’s spiritual heart would be turned back to God. God’s answer to that prayer came in the form of lightning or fire, sent at the appropriate time. Prayer seeks revelation of God’s sovereign glory. The fiery display led God’s people to a prayer of confession acknowledging God as their God; the only God. Such confession is the basic prayer from which all other prayers arise.