The Untold Story of Elijah
By Kurt W. Schuller (USA)
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This manuscript (currently titled "the tishbite" but I am considering "A Man of God") is unfinished This Is a fictional account of the life of Elijah. It is raw and powerful reflecting the actual state of life at the time.It has a strong sexual theme which is necessary because of the story it tells. It is both inspirational as well as entertaining. It was written to entertain the reader first.` Your feedback is welcome I hope you enjoy.
Part one: A Man Of God
Obadiah replaced the stone and piled some of the debris in the forgotten storage room in front of it. When he got where the light was better he took a few moments to try and straighten himself out. Fortunately the cave was mostly dusty so he was able to brush away the evidence. As he made his way to the palace center there was quite a ‘buzz’ going on. All of the servants were talking excitedly among themselves.
“Why is no one working?” He demanded of one of the maids.
“The prophet- the prophet challenged Ahab himself. Spit in his eye, I heard and walked out of the chamber untouched.”
“Wait a minute.” sputtered an exasperated Obadiah. “Prophet! What prophet?”
“A Tishbite I hear,”
Obadiah’s head was spinning. “Tishbe is the land of hunters and farmers. They are simple unsophisticated hill people. Why would God send one of them? No! You must be mistaken.”
Another worker interrupted. “I was there. I tell you it was unbelievable. Here was this obscure little man in a way- too- large soiled and smelly cloak. He has a crow of some kind sitting on his shoulder- no really, a big black one. He goes to the side of a dying girl and screams for all to be silent, and amazingly everyone just stands there and says nothing. Then he jumps to his feet and points at the king screaming ‘No more time for you idolaters’ and Ahab was thrown back into his throne. Then he said that he was Elijah, the tishbite and that as sure as God lives it would not rain again until he said so.”
Obadiah was incredulous. “How is it that he was not killed on the spot.”
“That’s the best part. Rabah was about to have him killed, when Jezebel stopped him.”
“Jezebel!” She intervened on behalf of a Prophet?”
“She scoffed and made fun of him. She said keeping him alive would prove to the people that Baal was the most powerful of the gods- once he brought the rains. So she let him take the girls body and told him that once it rained, she would have him killed. But I tell you, when he walked out of there, he sure did not look scared- if you ask me.”
A chambermaid asked. “What if she’s right?”
Obadiah thought for a moment. “Then this Elijah is a dead man. I think the more pertinent question is what if he really is a man of God?”
It was then that all fell silent and their excitement disappeared. The longest drought in their lifetime had lasted for two years and thousands had died.
“How long might this last?” someone asked nervously
The question went unanswered.
Obadiah feared that Ahab and Jezebel would take a lot of convincing. “For the time being we have to get back to our jobs serving the king, is that understood?”
He wondered for a moment what effect this turn of events would have on Rabah’s plan to kill all of God’s priests. It was then that a page approached him fearfully.
“Rabah sent me to find you. He wants to see you- now.”
Nervously Obadiah nodded and followed after the Page.