Prophet Pearls #41 – Pinchas (1 Kings 18:46-19:21)

Prophet Pearls Pinchas, 1 Kings 18:46-19:21, 1 Kings, elijag mount horeb, elijah and jezebel, elijah mount carmel, elijah mt carmel, elijah mt horeb, etbaal, haftarah, jezebel baal, jezebel sidonian princess, Keith Johnson, mount horeb, Mt. Horeb, nehemia gordon, parashah, Parsha, parshas, parshat, prophets, spirit of jezebel, still small voice, this silent voiceThis week, Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion for Pinchas (1 Kings 18:46-19:21). Following the smack-down at Mount Carmel, Elijah flees to the desert. But was he “afraid” or did he just “see” what he needed to do? Gordon parses “ra’ah” (reish, aleph, hei) and explains why this word could be translated “afraid” or “saw.”

We learn Jezebel’s background as a Sidonian princess, the influence of her father’s name on her life, her blind devotion to lies, and why she referred to Elohim in the plural. Gordon exposes the anti-women agenda sometimes at play when describing “the spirit of Jezebel.”  And we see two firsts in this portion: the anointing of a foreign king and the anointing of a prophet.

Elijah’s experience with the divine presence on Mount Horeb leads Gordon and Johnson to recount their own life-changing encounters with the still small voice on this mountain.

"And after the fire - a thin silent voice. " 1Kings 19:12

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14 thoughts on “Prophet Pearls #41 – Pinchas (1 Kings 18:46-19:21)

  1. I just wanted to take the time to thank you two for all of your dedication and study. Saying that I’m really thanking Yehova. I have been trying to minister to my family my wife and my daughters and your program has become a part of my weekly study teaching them what it means to follow Yehova.

  2. Elijah & Jonah – Elijah sees God’s power and fire etc and says “Let me die” – Jonah sees God’s mercy on Nineveh and says – “Let me die” Question are they both ‘worried’ about what people will think about them rather than God – none of these events happened in a corner including Elisha’s anointing and the Oxen B- b- Q Elisha does for the ‘people’ / audience. Great’ Pearl’ in this one – I have dealt with suicidal people at times in my ministry – Nehemia’s statement “Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem” All will be resurrected so it is a temporary solution for the present – Rev.20:12

  3. Shalom Nehemia & Keith, I believe the reason Elijah said he was the only prophet left, was no one knew that the other prophets were alive. I don’t think it’s a case of forgetfulness, I think he feels like he’s publicly been carrying this huge weight of responsibility, and it’s been wearing on him. Publicly he’s the sole face of speaking truth, and all eyes are on him. I believe when the creator gives us a burden or assignment, we become zealous to carry it out, but at the same time he will send people in our midst to come along side us to help carry it out. Thank you guys for spreading the truth and I pray you have a blessed day.

  4. Greetings and blessings to all! Yes, very strange the happenings here positioned between extremes. On one hand, God Amighty showing “His stuff”. On the other hand, the degradation of mankind reflecting the supposed powers of HaSatan in such a one as Jezebel, a political leader.

    We also see two world views. One from God’s perspective. The other from mankind’s perspective.

    Now we must make sense out of these perplexing extremes and put things in order. The extremes are so powerful that they can bring one to wish to give up on this life! OH yes Nehemiah, I’ve been there also and hold that those who enter the fray will no doubt require a rescue from utter despair sooner or later.

    Two more views also must be brought to light as they are at the heart of the extreme issues here that are so very powerful in our battles. One, a false view of mankind that says that man as he is in the flesh, is good. Mankind has great value to Yehovah, but not to be confused with good for there is none good, no not one. The second view is that mankind as in the flesh, is inherently evil. This is a true view. If it weren’t so, we wouldn’t be here in the flesh in the first place. But there can be value and goodness as given by God through faith in Him.

    NOW, we can get down to business. Question; ever hear of one so evil and void of all good that they are “reprobate”? This type of mankind is doomed and will never have any capacity to make repentance. This is a marvelous thing and Elijah came up against one of these types. I doubt before these days in his life and subsequent instructions, he knew this kind was on the face of the earth! Therefore when God Amighty had shone Himself to be such, and it had no effect on a reprobate, Elijah was shocked and became despondent wishing to die as all seemed lost. He appeared powerless and altogether as his forefathers who led the Israelites to such a place of degradation in the first place. He needed some schooling and that is just what he (we) got. Then Yehovah took care of the reprobate. Yehovah used a reprobate to teach us all what we can expect “in the fray”. Now then, what about these days in which we live? Go in peace, me

  5. Thank you Nehemiah for your teachings, I learn something new every time. I can relate to your experience of God saving you from suicide, and while it was such a dark time it was also one of the best. Only because “you know that you know” God rescued you, His presence is “real”, because it was something you could not do for yourself. There is such power in that “still small voice”. He said the same thing to me.

  6. It is enough; now, O Yahweh, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers. 1Kings 19:4
    After seeing the punishment for sins, Though he is righteous, He knows He is not sinless.
    I feel this is why Lot and his family could not look back, Lot was righteous, but not sinless.
    So many today think when Messiah comes, they will point their finger at people being punished, and say you deserve this. We have to realize we deserve the same punishment.

  7. Thank you for “keeping it real” during the Torah studies.. You deal with some difficult topics and include your personal experience. Thanks to YHVH for making this possible. I pray for your ministries and that YHVH will continue to bless you..

  8. Keith, I believe I saw the same incident where the denominations gathered at the vatican and… What I saw was these denominations and underneath was captions because it was a ceremony in Latin. What was shocking was the caption read and (I just last night spoke of this same incident) but the caption read: The denominations are swearing allegiance to the vatican they bowed and kissed the ring of the pope. They (the denominations were introduced singularly) I saw every denomination represented. I was shocked. I can’t remember who sent me the link or from which site it came.

  9. Why is it that when we experience our greatest victories, we sometimes are the most spiritually vulnerable? Eliyahu had just performed a Pinchas feat by destroying the prophets of baal, now he shudders at the threat of one. My thinking is that he was expecting the people to rise up and repent. Earlier when speaking at Mt, Carmel he challenges the people to let the god that answers by fire be God. If baal then let baal be god or if YHVH answers by fire then let Him be God. It does not appear that the people responded as they had promised. This was probably very disheartening to Eliyahu. He definitly felt alone even though Obadiah had told him that he had hidden 100 prophets. Where were they? Why did they not step up and Proclaim the Name? How will we respond to the challenges we face morally, socially and politically today? Are we goint to be prophets in hiding or are we going to boldly proclaim, “Thus saith YHVH”?

    I like YHVH’s question. “What are you doing here, Eliyahu?” Will He ask the same question to us today? What are we doing?

    May YHVH bless you as you complete the Prophet Pearls and continue to seek His purpose for yourselves and followers of YHVH.


    Rick Johnson, Smithfield, NC

  10. Elijah experienced PTSD and Compassion burnout. But, He is still believing in God. He is still obedient to God. Elijah does participate in the slaughtering, and he is seeing the slaughtering of these people. He is involved in spiritual/physical warfare. He may have felt zeal and may have fully believe in the cause. But, as a human that does not prevent him from feeling disgusted. Feeling Hopeless that he has just been involving at Mt Carmel and it wasn’t any better. Which means Jezebel is going to rally more against him. What he did seems to be null, void.Hopelessness and tunnel vision (look down a paper tube sometime) all he could see what is in front of him. He either could not see or was unaware that anyone else was actually following and preaching that God is real. He may have even doubted his own sanity. It is one thing to die from oneself (organ failure, self inflicted, or just giving up. The person chooses their time, place, moment, and method. As opposed to be killed by someone else which could be violent, protracted, cruel. Jezebel tone has already warned him his death will be violent. Depression causes fatigue. Even though Elijah at first ran away. The rest of the trip he obeyed an Angel/Messenger to take nourishment and go to the mountain. God is not in violence and destruction. Even though Elijah is fractured he still recognizes God. He is fried and can’t go one in this mission. God reassures him that he has it covered. In Counseling people may do individual therapy but also group therapy which reminds them they are not alone experiencing that dark tunnel vision of their events and see how others are struggling, experiencing, and growing in different phases of similar events. Yes, that still small voice is real.

    • Thank you, so timely. I’ll run now with so much frustration. I am listening prepared for ‘ the still small voice.” And Nehemia ,it is not supersition, doing things in my life. I am so tired, sleeping with depression. I am there. But still He is there.

  11. I so enjoy listening to your teachings, banter and all. I have learned so much more from the ‘Pearls” than I had learned from my 30 odd readings through the Tanakh in past years. Thank you so much.

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