Understanding the Scriptures
|Withal (v. 1)||All about|
|Jealous (vv. 10, 14)||Provoked to anger|
|Mantle (vv. 13, 19)||Overcoat or cloak that also became a symbol of his authority and power|
|Instruments (v. 21)||Plowing equipment|
1 Kings 19:11–12—What Was the Most Powerful Manifestation of the Lord?
Elijah was discouraged that the miracles on Mount Carmel did not change the hearts of Jezebel and many others. The Lord then taught Elijah that spiritual, heart-changing experiences are not in a “strong wind,” or “earthquakes,” or “fires,” or other loud and physical things but in “the still small voice” (1 Kings 19:11–12).
Elder Boyd K. Packer taught, “The Spirit does not get our attention by shouting or shaking us with a heavy hand. Rather it whispers. It caresses so gently that if we are preoccupied we may not feel it at all” (“The Candle of the Lord,” Ensign, Jan. 1983, 53).
Studying the Scriptures
Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study 1 Kings 19.
Look at 1 Kings 19:1–4, 9–10 and explain why Elijah was discouraged.
Write about at least three things the Lord did in 1 Kings 19 to help lift Elijah from his discouragement.
For each item you list, explain how you think it lifted Elijah in some way. In what ways does the Lord help us through our own discouragements and disappointments today?
What Did He Learn?
How could Elijah’s experience in 1 Kings 19 help him understand why things didn’t turn out as he hoped after the events of chapter 18?