The prophet received word from the LORD that it was time for the rain to come on Israel. That meaning in essence that it was time to call the nation to repent of their sins; and it was to begin with the king, and the false religion he and his wife espoused in the land. The worship of Baal was a vile and evil religion which was an earthy, self-centered, pleasure oriented religion; and led the children of Israel away from the God of all creation. That was partly why Elijah had prayed for no rain; to show that Baal was powerless.
Elijah meets Obadiah, and tells him to take message to Ahab that he was ready to meet with him,
“And as Obadiah was in the way, behold, Elijah met him: and he knew him, and fell on his face, and said, ‘Art thou that my lord Elijah?’ And he answered him, ‘I am: go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here.'” 1 Kings 18:7-8 (KJV)
Now, Obadiah was a bit cautious, and knew that the LORD was protecting Elijah, and feared that the LORD might just go back to moving Elijah around, hiding him from the king, but Elijah convinces Obadiah to get the message to Ahab that he wants to meet with him (18:9-15).
Notice the king’s words to Elijah when he does meet him,
“And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, ‘Art thou he that troubleth Israel?’ And he answered, ‘I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.'” 1 Kings 18:17-18
It is accusation of dividing the nation, causing trouble. I find it aggravating, insulting, and almost blasphemous to hear those who cry against the holy and righteous as always being the ones who are the “Troublers” of a nation or people. That is what Ahab was charging against the prophet. That is the cry of our post modern culture against those who stand against the unholy promotion of unholiness, and ungodliness. Those who stand against same sex marriage are accused of being bigoted, haters, mean spirited, trouble makers. We are supporters of what is holy, righteous and good.
Just as Elijah faced the king and told him “I have not troubled Israel; but thou and thy father’s house…” You have troubled Israel. Those who stand against God, righteous living, holy conduct, Biblical teaching, and Biblical conviction; they are the troublers of our nation and lives.
We are faced with a challenge. Will we live for God? Will we live by the words of the Bible, the words and life of Jesus Christ; or will we go along to get along? I choose to live by the words of Jesus, the words of the Bible;
“He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.” John 8:47 (KJV)
-Tim A. Blankenship