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