Songs from I Kings: God’s Grace is Sufficient

Books-songs

Each week, we will go through the books of the Bible, looking at a song that illustrates a passage from each book.

I Kings 18 recounts the story of one of the most epic showdowns in all of Scripture. Elijah challenged King Ahab for abandoning the God of his fathers, and arranged a showdown. He would go up against 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah. Verses 21-24 describe the challenge:

And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word.

Then Elijah said to the people, “I alone am left a prophet of the Lord; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. Therefore let them give us two bulls; and let them choose one bull for themselves, cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it; and I will prepare the other bull, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it. Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord; and the God who answers by fire, He is God.”

So all the people answered and said, “It is well spoken.”

Nothing happened to the false prophets’ bull. Elijah then had his bull, on the altar, doused with twelve buckets of water. He called on God, and fire from Heaven fell to consume the burnt sacrifice; it also consumed the wood, the stones, the dust, and the water that was in a trench around the altar.

The children of Israel fell on their faces, calling out, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!”

Greater Vision’s song “God’s Grace is Sufficient” recounts that story. Here’s a video of them singing it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXqOmk8dfGE


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  1. The Kingsmen also addressed this in the late ’80’s with a song written by Squire Parsons entitled “I’m Glad I’m Serving a God”. The first verse is this Bible story.

  2. I also like one by the Rochesters, from one of their Crossroads releases: “Access to the Throne Room,” which uses this story in the second verse.

  3. Elijah really let’s those prophets of Baal have it, with one of the more humorous portions in scripture, in my opinion. When their god doesn’t answer, Elijah basically says, “maybe he’s busy, or on vacation, or asleep!”

    I think there could be a song that plays off of that part of the story. Something like “my God never goes on vacation…” 🙂