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In these passages is the account of God’s Prophet, Elijah, challenging the prophets of Baal to a contest. The contest was to demonstrate that God is the true God of Israel and is more powerful than the demon, Baal.

Elijah and the prophets of Baal each prepared an offering and laid them on their respective altars. Their deities were to provide the fire to burn their offerings.

The prophets of Baal went first. They implored Baal all day, even raving and cutting themselves, but no fire. Then Elijah calmly prayed to God; and God provided the fire, proving He was the true God. The people immediately turned their allegiance back to the true God.

In this account I find it interesting that the prophets of Baal raved, and Elijah was calm. I find these characteristics true today. True believers are calm, and nonbelievers get angry and rave.

I have personally observed this. Trying to speak of God’s Truths causes immediate anger in those who do not believe and will not believe.