For the past couple of days, I have been studying the Prophet Elijah. You can learn a lot about G-d and about how He interacts through Prophets by studying Elijah and his contemporaries. Things aren’t always what they seem, and even Prophets of G-d are subject to the wrath of G-d at times.

Elijah specifically is very interesting to say the least. He has no other origin other than he is a Tishbite from Gilead (which is in Galilee, where Christ was from)… but even saying that he is a Tishbite is enigmatic. For generations, Jewish and Secular scholars alike have interpreted that being a Tishbite in the land of Israel meant being a stranger or being from the region of Tishbe in Gilead – which in and of itself was Stranger country.

All that aside, you can’t help but gasp when you are reading about this great Prophet. The Spirit of the Holy One, Blessed be He, was practically at Elijah’s disposal at all times… (see 1 Kings 17-end, and 2 Kings 1-2) And, of greater significance than that, Elijah was the only Prophet in the Hebrew Bible, other than his Successor and his Successor’s bones(2 Kings 4:8-37, 2 Kings 13:14-21) that restored a dead person to life again(1 Kings 17:17-24)… Elijah is an important person in the Bible to study for both Jew and Christian alike as he foreshadows and ultimately heralds the Messiah’s reign on the earth… he came from Galilee, his authority was supported by G-d in a public manner (1 Kings 18:20-40), he raised a son from the dead (1 Kings 17:17-24), he did not taste the sting of death (2 Kings 2:1-18)….etc etc etc etc…. good stuff.

I love the above depiction.