The Drought Of Ancient Israel

1538 WordsNov 7, 20167 Pages
To have a drought in ancient Israel would spell suffering for all of the people; droughts were not uncommon in the region, and the situation could quickly lead to a dire famine. Scholars are uncertain of the length of the drought but there is some indication that the drought lasted three years, and it was an absolute dry spell of abnormal length. It does not rain in the region during the summer, it only rains October through March. However, with it being a hilly region closed to the Mediterranean Sea, heavy dew fall for most of the year is an important source of moisture. THUS, DEW NOT FALL EXCEPT AT MY COMMAND. The water drying up every summer was a consistent worry and a “natural terror.” God brought his people out of slavery in Egypt to a land flowing with milk and honey as his convent gift, but their ability to enjoy this blessing of their Lord depended on how loyal the people of Israel were to the covenant. A drought effectively takes away the promised milk and honey, it’s the Lord’s way of disciplining Israel’s rebellion. A drought initiated by the Lord was not simply a physical and financial punishment, it was a clear “sign of God’s displeasure and a call to repentance.” While Elijah first claims the power of the Israelite’s God, he then demonstrates in verses two through seven that he is a true servant following his master’s word. Readers are shown Elijah’s faithfulness. In the second verse, “the word of the Lord came to Elijah” and he moves into the desert
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