How old was Elijah?

The masters’ paintings hanging in museums show Elijah with bald head and white beard.

Elijah painting by Tilemann

Yet, his schedule covered the lifetimes of three kings.

  • 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. The Lord gave him messages for each king, so I gave Elijah an early start.

If Elijah could build a world, he’d make one where little boys threw wicked slave traders over cliffs then ran to the edge and watched them bounce on the rocks. . . .

Light played off a blade lying next to the hammer and tongs. He ran a curious finger across its bright edge then slapped his long, skinny waist. How cool to strap on a sword for their next trip to the King’s Highway.

Dad frowned. “Not for my son.”

Elijah shrugged. Maybe twelve was too young He would ask next year.

The Boy Who Closed the Sky, Page 11

What would you ask the twelve-year-old Elijah?

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