In this series on 1 Kings we discover one disappointing king after another and in this sermon we come to the lowest point where King Ahab decides to institute the cult of Baal as the state religion. God, by his grace, however, doesn’t let him get away with it and sends his prophet to rebuke Ahab and discipline in love, the whole of the Northern kingdom of Israel. God wants his people to repent and return to him and live. Elijah represents the Word of God to Israel and he departs and the results are catastrophic for the Israelites. AT the same time we see how God’s word bring life and even resurrection to people who accept it.