Lord’s Day, August 4, 2019

1 Samuel 9:15-10:27; Isaiah 50:1-51:8; 2 Corinthians 11:1-33

Mount Carmel 1 Kings 18
Mount Calvary Luke 23

Mount Carmel. Elijah prepares an altar and a sacrifice, drenching
it with 12 barrels of water. Fire comes down from heaven, consumes
the sacrifice, the altar, the wood and the wet ground around it.
Elijah’s name, “God is Jehovah”, becomes his sermon that day.
Almost 900 years later, the scene is Mount Calvary. The crowd cries,
“We will not have this man to reign over us!” (Luke 19:15). So God sends
the fire of His wrath from heaven. Again it lands on the altar, a cross
holding God’s own Son. But wait! That Sacrifice is not consumed!
Instead, the Sacrifice consumes the fire and Christ preaches the most
eloquent sermon ever. “God is love”. —Brian Cretney

Jehovah bade His sword awake;
O Christ, it woke ‘gainst Thee!
Thy blood the flaming blade must slake;
Thine heart its sheath must be.—A. R. Cousin