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The Lord Speaks to Elijah
Listening to the voice of the Lord
King Ahab told Queen Jezebel that the Lord defeated the priests of Baal. Jezebel was angry and said she would kill the prophet Elijah.
To stay safe, Elijah left the land of Israel. He traveled for 40 days and 40 nights, fasting as he went. Then he came to Mount Sinai and found a cave to hide in. The Lord told Elijah to go to the top of the mountain so that He could speak to Elijah.
A strong wind came and broke the rocks around the cave to pieces. After that, an earthquake shook the ground. Then a fire started. Elijah heard the loud sounds of the wind, earthquake, and fire. But the Lord’s voice was not in those loud noises.
Then Elijah heard a quiet, still, small voice. He knew it was the Lord. The Lord asked Elijah what he was doing there.
Elijah said he was hiding to stay safe. All the prophets had been killed, and the people had rejected the Lord.
The Lord comforted Elijah and told him there were many Israelites who still worshipped the Lord. The Lord asked Elijah to return home and prepare another prophet. This new prophet’s name was Elisha.