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Bible Commentaries

Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible

1 Kings 18

Verses 1-46

In this chapter we have perhaps one of the most familiar stories of the Old Testament. There are, however, certain points of interest especially to be noted. The first is Ahab's connection with Obadiah. As to the loyalty of Obadiah there can be no question, and it is passing strange that this man should be found, chosen, and kept by Ahab at his side. Does it reveal an underlying conviction concerning the true relation of Jehovah to His people? If so, it is all the sadder as showing how a man may be degraded until he uses truth simply to serve his own ends.

The meeting of Ahab and Elijah, and their first words to each other suggest a truth of perpetual value. The troubler of a nation is never one who in loyalty to righteousness proceeds against sin, even though he be an outsider. It is rather he through whose corruption a nation becomes corrupt, who troubles the nation notwithstanding that he is king.

The story of the trial by fire is full of majesty, and needs no comment. Throughout, the lonely figure of Elijah is the center of interest as with calm dignity he stands against the combined evils of corrupt court and priesthood. His vindication by the answering fire of God was complete.

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Morgan, G. Campbell. "Commentary on 1 Kings 18". "Morgan's Exposition on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gcm/1-kings-18.html. 1857-84.