And THAT’S how you prophet

Our general opinion of devout servants of God is of a really dour and serious person. However, the bible does have one particular example of a prophet who just about reverses this presentation: the prophet Elijah. Allow me to use 1 Kings 18:27 to prove it. First, the context of this verse is that Elijah challenged the priests of the false god Baal to a contest of sorts wherein they would call upon their respective gods to provide the fire for their sacrifice. This was Elijah’s response when the Baal priests failed to call on their god:

[QUOTE]27 At noon Elijah began to tease them. “Shout louder!” he said. “I’m sure Baal is a god! Perhaps he has too much to think about. Or maybe he has gone to the toilet. Or perhaps he’s away on a trip. Maybe he’s sleeping. You might have to wake him up.”[/QUOTE]

The emphasis was mine because that’s what really sold it. No, what actually sold would have to be when the Baal priests promptly took Elijah seriously. Do note that the toilet joke is only able to be read in certain translations. In most translations it is replaced with the far less amusing ‘in deep thought.’

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