Jesse Tree – Day 15: Elijah’s Sacrifice

Oy! Sundays are always a bit hectic for me, and yesterday was especially so! And so, let’s pause a minute and do yesterday’s Jesse Tree reading — because, trust me. It was an awesome one with plenty of drama to it, and you totally need to read it. 🙂

But first, here’s the ornament!

So much fire! The crochet pattern for the ornament is here, just in case you wanted to make your own.

If you looked at it and thought, “Fire!” then you would be right! It’s supposed to symbolize the Elijah’s sacrifice on Mount Carmel.

How does the story go? Well, let’s take a look at scripture, shall we? And, of course, I’ll make sure to illustrate it with pictures of the sacrifice of Elijah as we go along!

NABRE

1Kings 18

17When Ahab saw Elijah, he said to him, “Is it you, you disturber of Israel?” 18He answered, “It is not I who disturb Israel, but you and your father’s house, by forsaking the commands of the LORD and you by following the Baals. 19Now summon all Israel to me on Mount Carmel, as well as the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah who eat at Jezebel’s table.” 20So Ahab summoned all the Israelites and had the prophets gather on Mount Carmel.21Elijah approached all the people and said, “How long will you straddle the issue? If the LORD is God, follow him; if Baal, follow him.” But the people did not answer him. 22So Elijah said to the people, “I am the only remaining prophet of the LORD, and there are four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal. 23Give us two young bulls. Let them choose one, cut it into pieces, and place it on the wood, but start no fire. I shall prepare the other and place it on the wood, but shall start no fire. 24You shall call upon the name of your gods, and I will call upon the name of the LORD. The God who answers with fire is God.” All the people answered, “We agree!”

Elijah and the Prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel, by Jacob Willemsz., c. 1640-50. Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
Elijah and the Prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel, by Jacob Willemsz., c. 1640-50. Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

NABRE

1Kings 18

25Elijah then said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one young bull and prepare it first, for there are more of you. Call upon your gods, but do not start the fire.” 26Taking the young bull that was turned over to them, they prepared it and called upon Baal from morning to noon, saying, “Baal, answer us!” But there was no sound, and no one answering. And they hopped around the altar they had prepared. 27When it was noon, Elijah taunted them: “Call louder, for he is a god; he may be busy doing his business, or may be on a journey. Perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.” 28They called out louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears according to their ritual until blood gushed over them. 29Noon passed and they remained in a prophetic state until the time for offering sacrifice. But there was no sound, no one answering, no one listening.

The Sacrifice of Elijah on Mount Carmel, by Circle of Bertholet Fléma, c. 17th century. Private collection.

NABRE

1Kings 18

30Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come here to me.” When they drew near to him, he repaired the altar of the LORD which had been destroyed. 31He took twelve stones, for the number of tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the LORD had said: Israel shall be your name. 32He built the stones into an altar to the name of the LORD, and made a trench around the altar large enough for two measures of grain. 33When he had arranged the wood, he cut up the young bull and laid it on the wood. 34He said, “Fill four jars with water and pour it over the burnt offering and over the wood.” “Do it again,” he said, and they did it again. “Do it a third time,” he said, and they did it a third time. 35The water flowed around the altar; even the trench was filled with the water.

Elijah and the Priests of Baal, by Lucas Cranach the Younger, c. 1545. Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden, Germany.
Elijah and the Priests of Baal, by Lucas Cranach the Younger, c. 1545. Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden, Germany.
The Sacrifice of Elijah Before the Priests of Baal, by Domenico Fetti, c. 1621-22. Royal Collection Trust, London, United Kingdom.
The Sacrifice of Elijah Before the Priests of Baal, by Domenico Fetti, c. 1621-22. Royal Collection Trust, London, United Kingdom.

I love that line! Don’t you? “He is God!” What a wonderful expression of faith!

All right… tomorrow will be a two blog day, I suppose!

…oh, you wanted a hint as to what we’ll be covering?

Well!

For Day 16, we’re going to be swallowed up… literally…

…and for Day 17, I crocheted an entire cityscape (no, really) to represent a prophecy.

See you tomorrow! 🙂

Karina Tabone

Karina Tabone is a wife, mother of four, author, blogger, and lover of Christian artwork. She's the author of the Illustrated Rosary series, which pairs every prayer of the Rosary with beautiful religious artwork. She likes also milkshakes, sunshine, and mystery novels. Follow her on Twitter at @illustr_prayer.

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