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How old?

He entered11 Kings 17:1 Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.” out of nowhere, as if dropped from heaven.

Some artists paint him as young, some as old.

Assuming…

  1. Since Elijah was “a human being, even as we are,”2 James 5:17  “Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are…” he started young.
  2. Ninth Century BC people tended to die younger than today. 3Changing life expectancy throughout history,” the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

A possible timeline for Elijah’s encounters:

  • Age 13 – Slave traders on the King’s Highway
  • Age 17 – Ahab near the start4Assuming so because he commented on so many events spread across Ahab’s reign. of a reign of 22 years
  • Age 39 – Ahaziah during his reign of 2 years
  • Age 41 – Joram during his reign of 12 years
  • Age 53+ – Chariot of fire

Mix in the uncertainty some scholars feel about the timelines in the books of Kings and Chronicles, take it all with a smile, and try to apply what he learned to our own lives.

by Dave Parks
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