Elijah is one of the most compelling personalities of all human history. His life combined frailty and faith in unusual measure. When Elijah was caught up to Heaven, his disciple Elisha cried out, "the chariot of Israel, and its horsemen" (2 Ki. 2:12). It was not, as some suppose, that Elijah was caught up in a chariot. Rather, it was his intimate relationship with God which gave the prophet his title. Author Will Varner will help you understand Elijah's unique life and ministry with his clear insights and the aid of maps illustrating the physical geography of Israel. The Chariot of Israel is truly a significant book for an age in history when mankind so desperately needs an example of a man of God.
“In each of the accounts, there’s a command, a promise, an obedience and a supply.” (1 Kings 17:2–6)
“Elijah was a person just like you and me. But the way he differed from us was in that he was willing to do what we often are not willing to do—trust God even when it means taking a risk before others. The secret of this strength was that he lived in the presence of God. He did not quake and fear as he stood in the presence of Ahab because he knew what it was to stand in the presence of a far greater King—the Lord of Hosts. It is the practice of the presence of God that enables the child of God to stand before an unbelieving world in the boldness of fearless faith!” (1 Kings 16:29–17:1)
“Instead of the church going into the world, the world is coming into the church! We do need to relate to the world. But the best way for the church to relate to the world is to maintain its sharp edge so the world can tell the difference between darkness and light. The more the church becomes like the world, the less effect it has on the world (Rom. 12:2; Jas. 4:4).” (1 Kings 16:29–17:1)
“The difference in Elijah was not in his genes, but in his faith. He was a man who was sold out to God.” (1 Kings 16:29–17:1)
“The discipline of loneliness teaches us things that we can never learn in the public place.” (1 Kings 17:2–6)