Why does Chapter One show Elijah as a teenager?
Three reasons: King Ahab, King Ahaziah, and King Joram.
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 the 9th Century, BC, most people died before their fiftieth birthday. Elijah needed an early start.
So, is this book for children?
Depends. Do you want your children to read of the Moloch priest sacrificing babies and Elijah smashing a rock into the head of the Moloch enforcer?
Plus, he marries and grows old, his joints hurt and his son tells him he’s wrong.