The Bible in a Year: Day 93 (1 Kings 15:25-18:46)

I read this section this morning [I’m writing this on April 8, 2012 and pre-dating it to April 2] at my pastor’s house so I didn’t take notes on BibleWorks 9 or Logos 4 like I normally do. The one thing that stood out to me was Elijah’s encounter with the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. In it I saw a picture of the crucifixion, with reference to the sacrifice being laid on the wood (18:23, 33), but also of baptism, with reference to the sacrifice and wood being doused in water three times (18:33-35). The sacrifice on the wood pictures not only Christ on the cross, but also our participation in Christ’s sufferings (Phil. 3:10; 1 Pet. 4:13), through our taking up the cross and following Christ (Matt. 16:24 & par.). The thrice pouring of water prefigures our baptism in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19). But what happens after the sacrifice is laid on the altar and and saturated with water? Fire from heaven comes down and consumes it (18:38). This reminds me of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2. He appeared as cloven tongues of fire (Acts 2:3). And when Peter preaches his powerful Pentecostal sermon he promises a gift for those who will repent and be baptized; the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38)! What a picture!

B”H

 

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