The Audience or the Trial by Fire

Elijah sets up the audience, the trial, and lays down the terms of it. Ahab is to summon all Israel, all leaders, the elders, all the prophets of Baal and the prophets of the groves, to Mount Carmel. This is a royal summons. First to Ahab then to the prophets of Baal then to the men of Israel, the King of kings through his throne man Elijah summons them to the hearing, to the audience, before the King of kings.

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TopicsBiblical Commentary, Old Testament History

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R. J. Rushdoony

Rev. R.J. Rushdoony (1916–2001), was a leading theologian, church/state expert, and author of numerous works on the application of Biblical law to society. He started the Chalcedon Foundation in 1965. His Institutes of Biblical Law (1973) began the contemporary theonomy movement which posits the validity of Biblical law as God’s standard of obedience for all. He therefore saw God’s law as the basis of the modern Christian response to the cultural decline, one he attributed to the church’s false view of God’s law being opposed to His grace. This broad Christian response he described as “Christian Reconstruction.” He is credited with igniting the modern Christian school and homeschooling movements in the mid to late 20th century. He also traveled extensively lecturing and serving as an expert witness in numerous court cases regarding religious liberty. Many ministry and educational efforts that continue today, took their philosophical and Biblical roots from his lectures and books.

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