1 Kings 19:1-18 tells the story of Elijah the Prophet who, after having executed 450 Prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:40), became discouraged while fleeing for his life from Jezebel, wife of King Ahab. Elijah was discouraged because he thought he was the last living prophet of the Lord Ė and his life was in danger. The Children of Israel had broken the Lordís covenant, killed His prophets and sought Elijahís life. (1 Kings 19:10, 14) With Elijahís demise, would that be the end of the Lordís plans and purposes?
The Lord replied to Elijahís discouragement by stating He yet had reserved for Himself 7,000 prophets who had not bowed to or kissed Baal. (1 Kings 19:18) These prophets would carryout the Lordís plans and fulfill His purposes. What Elijah had failed to realize is that God has never left His people without hope. In Isaiah 46:9-11 God says,
ďRemember the former things of old, for I am God and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure, calling a bird of prey from the east, the man who executes My counsel from a far country. Indeed I have spoken it, I will bring it to pass. I have purposed it, I will also do it.Ē
The fulfillment of Godís plans and purposes is not dependent upon men, but upon God Himself. Men may fail because of human frailty (2 Corinthians 4:7) or blatant disobedience (1 Samuel 15:1-26). Nevertheless God knows those who are His (2 Timothy 2:19) and will use them to fulfill his plans and purposes (verse 21).
The Ultimate Plan Sidetracked and Fulfilled
Godís ultimate plan for man is that he would live in fellowship with Him. This plan was initiated in the Garden of Eden with Godís relationship with Adam. However, this plan was interrupted by Adamís disobedience to Godís command (Genesis 2:16, 17; 3:6). God responded to this interruption by setting in motion a plan to redeem mankind and restore the broken fellowship (Genesis 3:15). His plan of redemption (1 John 4:10) and restoration (1 John 2:23) was fulfilled in Jesus Christ, the Hope of Glory (Colossians 1:27).
The Hope Within
"To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." Colossins 1:27.
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Zodhaites, Spiros, ed. The Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible. King James Version. Red Letter Edition. World Bible Publishers.