He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceipt in his mouth.
Yet it was the LORD'S will to crush him and
cause him to suffer,
and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.
After the suffering of his soul,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will
justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured our his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.
The Elijah Factor
Recently, I had the opportunity to experience ‘The Elijah Factor,’ a compelling story presented in an amphitheater tucked away in the hills of Oklahoma. Produced by Bill and Linda Goldner
The set and all of the sound affects were astounding, but the most moving sound affects were the ones God used. We heard thunder, saw lightening in the distance, and yes, even a little rain. But the rain did not dampen our spirits, and the show went on.
Soon the rain stopped, and we were completely enthralled as we watched the scenes of Elijah‘s life and the works God worked through him.
I watched in awe, the biblical story of Elijah as he confronted the wicked King Ahab and Queen Jezebel. God sent fire from heaven, and consumed the sacrifices to Baal on Mount Carmel, then killed the prophets. Elijah and those faithful to God were spared.
I felt the sorrow of the mother, as her child lay dead, yet she believed that the ‘Man of God’ would pray and her son would receive life. I experienced the joy in seeing him brought back to life.
Elijah gave Elisha an opportunity to make a request of him before he was caught up with God. His request was to receive a double portion of his spirit upon him. Elijah responded,
“Thou hast asked a hard thing; nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.”
II Kings 2: 10
And so it was, Elisha did see Elijah as a chariot of fire appeared; and Elijah was taken into Heaven by a whirlwind. The mantle of Elijah fell from him. Thus Elisha received the double portion he so desired.
Due to the weather, the cast decided not to have an alter call, but God had other plans. By the leading of the Holy Spirit, an alter call was made. Four people stood on their feet and accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. How the heavens must have rejoiced! We certainly did. It’s an awesome honor to be allowed to share in some small way with the salvation of souls.
The presentation concluded with the crucifixion and the resurrection of the Savior. I couldn’t hold back the tears as I watched the Lord rise in victory! I thank God that Jesus is no longer in the grave. He’s alive forever more, and when he comes again, those in him, shall be caught up with him to live and reign forever more.
© 2004 Marie Williams