Monday, October 08, 2007

Elijah: Faith and Making History

Anderson on Elijah at Sinai...
The narrator goes on to say that when Elijah heard this voice of silence, speaking to him out of Israel's Mosaic tradition, he moved to the entrance of the cave...The question addressed to Elijah implies that he had no business out there in the safe mountain retreat, a fugitive from the places where history was being made.
Elijah's brooding...was quickly challenged by three divine orders...their mention here shows that Israel's faith finds expression in action rather than mere mystic contemplation. As in the case of Moses at the burning bush, Elijah realized afresh that Yahweh acts in the sphere of history...
Anderson, The Living World of the OT, 276