Posted by: T. Boyd | June 22, 2011

What are you doing here, Elijah?

This question comes twice in 1 Kings, chapter 19. Elijah answers the question each time with the same words. But before the question is repeated, Elijah experienced the wind, the earthquake, and the fire, and then Elijah wraps his face in his cloak when he hears the “still small voice”.  God repeats His question, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

Even though Elijah used the same words in his second answer, I think it was spoken differently.  In a google search on this question, I found no one else whose thoughts on the scene are in line with my own, so I don’t claim to have any evidence to support my ideas.  But I think that the 3 displays of God’s power must have shaken Elijah. And when he answers the second time, “I have been very jealous for the Lord…,” I feel he spoke in a different tone of voice.

Maybe the first time he gave the answer it was done in a self-righteous, offended tone of voice; and the second time in a broken, heart-felt complaint to our Lord. Has anyone else had thoughts about this? Was there any change in Elijah between the two replies?

I am interested in your thoughts about this impression.


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