I thought he was 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”
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.