When Fire Came Down from the
1 Kings 18:17-39
up on a mountain stood an old man named Elijah. With him were many other
people. These people had been praying to an idol, called Baal. They had
quit serving the true God.
was God's prophet. He would not pray to Baal. He; knew that idols cannot
help people, not even if the people pray to them.
of Baal's prophets were on the mountain, too. And Elijah said to them:
"Build an altar here and place a present on it for your god, Baal. If
your god will send fire to burn up your present, let the people pray to
him. If my God sends fire to burn up the present on my altar, then let the
people pray to my God."
Baal's prophets built an altar. And they placed a present on it. Then they
prayed to their idol to send fire to burn up the present. But no fire
came. All day they prayed. Still their god did not answer, because he was
not God. Then Elijah prayed. And God sent fire down from heaven to burn up
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