1 Kings 19:9b-11a (ANIV)
The Lord appears to Elijah
[9a There he [Elijah] went into a cave and spent the night.] 9b And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
11a The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. [11b After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.]
TIME OF DAY:
Unspecified in the Bible text. Morning.
The powerful storm makes it difficult to see the sun’s position, which is left (unseen behind clouds), casting weak shadows to the right.
Elijah the prophet.
I really enjoyed drawing this very dramatic scene and produced it from pencil sketch, to inked in outline drawing, to full colour finish artwork in a single morning.
I found reference for the storm on the internet: a photograph of a huge supercell thunderstorm over the US state of Montana. The photograph captivated me and I knew immediately I wanted to use that to represent the power of the wind storm in my picture.
I used similar colours for the rocks and tried to make the mouth of the cave look like the previous scene “1 Kings 19 – Elijah flees to Horeb – Scene 05 – Into a cave”, which visually ties the 2 pictures together.
Elijah is looking at the colossal wind storm in terror! Notice the flying rocks, some of which are splitting apart. I drew them like that because verse 11a (see above) clearly says, “a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks…”
Below is what the picture looks like without the Elijah figure.
1 Kings 19 – The Lord appears to Elijah at Horeb – Scene 01 – Great wind – Landscape
Below is a close-up of the supercell thunderstorm in the background.
1 Kings 19 – The Lord appears to Elijah at Horeb – Scene 01 – Great wind – PARTIAL 01
Below is close-up of the Elijah figure.
1 Kings 19 – The Lord appears to Elijah at Horeb – Scene 01 – Great wind – PARTIAL 02