Not all the kings of Israel were good. When the kings were bad, God sent a prophet to lead them and the people back to God.
There was a king called Ahab who did not listen to God’s prophet. His wife Jezebel hated God, and tried to kill all of his prophets. She wanted the people of Israel to worship her false god, Baal, instead.
Elijah went to the palace and told Ahab, “You must stop worshipping these false Gods, or God will make your land dry up like a desert. There will be no rain until I ask Him.”
Ahab would not listen, and Jezebel sent her soldiers to kill Elijah. But he hid in the hills where there was water to drink. Every day, God sent big black birds called ravens with food for Elijah. While the rest of the country was going hungry and thirsty, Elijah had plenty to eat and drink.
After three years, Elijah and the priests of Baal had a contest. 800 priests of Baal tried to set fire to wood on an altar by praying to their false God. They tried very hard, but no fire fell. Then it was Elijah’s turn. Elijah made the altar and put wood and the sacrifice on it. Then he poured four jars of water on the altar. He did this three times. Then he prayed to God – and God sent fire from heaven. It lit the water-soaked wood and the wood and the sacrifice were burned in a mighty fire.
The people all shouted: “The Lord is God! The Lord is God!