How old was Elijah?

I thought he was old.

Really old.

Then I noticed his schedule covered the lifetimes of three kings. The Lord gave him messages for each king, and their reigns covered most of Elijah’s lifetime.

  • King Ahab,  22 years – “neither dew nor rain”
  • King Ahaziah,  2 years – “die in your bed”
  • King Joram,  12 years – “bowels will drop out”

Total reigns = 36 years

In 866 BC, most people died before their fiftieth birthday.

King David was once a boy picking up five smooth stones for his sling.

Maybe Elijah needed an early start.

So, in chapter one, I made him an early teen with smooth cheeks.

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