1 Kings 19:12b-18 (ANIV)
[12a After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire.] 12b And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
14 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.”
15 The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. 16 Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. 17 Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. 18 Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him.”
TIME OF DAY:
Unspecified in the Bible text. Morning.
The sun is to the left (unseen), casting shadows to the right.
Elijah the prophet.
In this scene I have represented the Lord God’s “gentle whisper” with a bird’s feather, falling behind Elijah, as he stands with his back to the cave entrance. In the next moment Elijah would “pull his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave”.
I have used the same cave and background rocks from a previous scene (1 Kings 19 – Elijah flees to Horeb – Scene 05 – Into a cave), but have altered the clouds, and modified the rock colours, which represents some time passing between that scene and this one.