Summary: Why look back & say those were the days? These are the days we need to concern ourselves with.
These Are The Days!
2 Cor 6:2
2 For He says:
"In an acceptable time I have heard you,
And in the day of salvation I have helped you."
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (NKJV)
2 Cor 6:2
2 God says, …
…Listen, now is God’s acceptable time! Now is the day of salvation!
(God’s Word Translation)
In the back of my mind, I remember a TV show that had a theme song called “Those Were the Days.”
“Boy the way Glenn Miller played,
Songs that made the hit parade.
Guys like us we had it made.
Those were the days.”
Have you ever had a time when you thought about how things were when you were a kid, then said the words, “Those were the days”? I’m sure we all have those moments.
Tonight, I want to challenge you not to look back at those days, but to see today, 2009, & realize that “These are the days!”
What days are these?
These are the days of…
Elijah shaped the history of his day and dominated Hebrew thinking for centuries afterward.
Elijah’s prophetic activities emphasized the unconditional loyalty to God required of the nation of Israel. His strange dress and appearance (2 Kings 1:8), his fleetness of foot (1 Kings 18:46), his rugged constitution that resisted famine (1 Kings 19:8), and his cave-dwelling habits (1 Kings 17:3; 19:9) all suggest that he was a robust, outdoors-type personality.
Elijah was opposed to the accepted standards of his day, when belief in many gods was normal. He appears in the role of God’s instrument of judgment upon a wayward Israel because of the nation’s widespread idolatry. The miracles that Elijah performed occurred during the period when a life-or-death struggle took place between the religion of Jehovah and BAAL worship.
Elijah’s views were in conflict with those of King Ahab. Ahab had attempted to cultivate economic ties with Israel’s neighbors, especially Tyre. One of the consequences was that he had married Jezebel, a daughter of Ethbaal, king of Tyre. Ahab saw no harm in participating in the religion of his neighbors, particularly the religion of his wife. Therefore, he established a center of BAAL worship at Samaria. Influenced by Jezebel, Ahab gave himself to the worship of Baal. Suddenly Elijah appeared on the scene.
Elijah understood that the nation of Israel had a mission to preserve its religious system-the worship of the one true God-in a pure form without any mixture with idol worship. Elijah was strongly opposed to the worship of pagan gods such as Baal and Asherah. This uncompromising stand often endangered his life by bringing him into conflict with those in positions of power, especially Queen Jezebel and her followers.
Elijah’s impact on the prophetic movement among the Hebrew people was extensive. He stands as the transitional figure between Samuel (the adviser and anointer of kings) and the later writing prophets. Like the prophets who followed him, Elijah emphasized Israel’s responsibility for total commitment to their God and the covenant responsibilities which God and His people had sworn to each other.