Normal People — Elijah and Ahab are both normal people.
Elijah – I violate this assumption by showing Elijah as free from flaws. Maybe I don’t show him as a superman, but I made him into a smoothman.
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12 ) Yet I have not given Elijah any real trial.
Elijah sometimes does not see the outcome but does not know what else to do.
- Like Peter, “to whom [else] shall we go?”
- Like Job: “If I go to the east, he is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find him. … But he knows the way that I take.”
- And Jesus: “why have you forsaken me?”
- Road to Emmaus: “we had hoped.”
Ahab — Sometimes has good intentions but like James’ (1:8) double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
- Ahab will do anything to please (external locus) — from being raised by a strong father, Omri.
- For instance, he allows Jezebel to murder Naboth.
- And he tries to please Ben Hadad
- Ahab deeply respects and admires Obadiah — from the way Obadiah always allowed him into his life from the time Ahab was a baby and from Obadiah’s consistent character.
- Ahab is a good military general. His troops like him, he motivates them well, and he’s successful at strategy and battle tactics.
- Ahab is good at making alliances, so most of his borders are peaceful.
Stakes — In the early scenes I only hinted at possible slaver activity near Tishbe and Milcah, to leave room to expand into more drastic threats and evil deeds.