Show how even if killing the Baal prophets did not turn Ahab to the Lord, it did make Jezebel pull in her horns and pull back her black tunics. Making it a little safer for Elijah to go home.
Birdsongs? Weather? Breezes? Flowers? Emotions? Monologues?
Mention girls in Jabesh only in passing, focus Nathan on Neetz in Zarephath.
Dad BEATlooked at Nathan. “We’ll need you.”
Nathan shrugged. “To bring home a wife for Isaac, Abraham sent one servant,1 but to bring Milkah home for Elijah we send a family delegation.”
“At my pace, boys.” BEAT Dad led the way up the ridge
toward Milkah’s pasture.
They approached Milkah’s house, and her dad came out to meet them. “Milkah’s all packed. I’ve assigned the sheep to her brother.” Elijah and Nathan carried her things and brought her to their side of the ridge.
This was quick. Maybe better to skip it?
BEAT They found Sheerah moving Nathan’s things out of the room he shared with Elijah. Their mother showed Milkah into the room, and Nathan BEATstood in the doorway. “Rebekah got Sarah’s whole house, but Milkah only gets our old room?” His motherBEAT put her arm around Milkah. “Only until your brother builds a house for Milkah up on the ridge, dear.”
Elijah helped lug Nathan’s things out past the well and into the wine room at the edge of the vineyard.BEAT “I’ll let you choose a corner. As soon as I get the first room built on the ridge, you can have our old room back.” They set the things down and stepped out into the yard. Elijah looked up at [Where is it?]. “You wanta sleep in our old treehouse?” BEAT
For their first Sabbath walk together, Elijah took Milkah up on the ridge to an outcropping of granite. BEAT“The best blocks for the home of our children.” He slipped an arm around her waist and gave her a squeeze. “With windows looking both ways—out there on the sheep and back there on the vines.” Milkah BEAT
* * *
Elijah’s mother stood on the steps with Sheerah and Milkah. BEATMilkah looked across the yard at Elijah. BEAT“How will I get him down off that ridge?”
“Let Mother do it.” BEAT Sheerah looked from Milkah to her mother. “Have you told dad?”
“Your dad doesn’t need telling, Dear. BEATYour little brother isn’t the first dreamer in this family.”
Elijah and his dad went out behind the wine room at the edge of the vineyard and into the shed in the donkey pen. BEAT They poked around among the tools. “Stone cutting’s one skill I never learned, Son. And I don’t have the tools for it. Took forever to save up enough to buy the blocks for the first room of our house. BEATOf course, after the vines started producing, I traded wine for blocks.”
That evening Nathan took his dad aside. BEAT “How does Elijah think he can ever get a house built up there on that ridge? You’ve got to tell him.”
“Come out here by the well. I want to show you something.” BEAT The two went out and sat on the limestone wall around the well. They looked out the front gate toward Tishbe. BEAT “Remember when that soldier’s horse took the bit in its teeth and ran wild down the road? Everybody this side of Jabesh thought the rider had lost control. Remember?”
Nathan grinned. BEAT “Sure. He just let the horse run. And way down by the acacia grove, when his horse started to tire, the soldier finally started hauling on the reins.”
His dad slapped Nathan on the knee. “Our Lijah’s gotta run.”
* * *
Elijah’s mother sat on the front porch and held her husband’s hand. BEAT“Have you thought about building a room for Elijah and Milkah, Dear? She’s starting to show, and he’s about given up on that house on the ridge. I think he wants to cut those blocks out, but you work him so hard, he can’t find the time to get up there.”
BEAT BEAT“That’s right, Dear. After those years with no moisture and now we’re back to normal dews and rains. Just starting baby vines to fill in where vines died in the drought is work for a dozen men. We’ve got to build a room for Elijah and Milkah. And then another room for Nathan and his wife.”
She lifted her hand. “Nathan?” BEAT
“Next time we deliver wine in Jabesh, you should go along. At least as far as Tishbe. The young ladies watch his every move.”
“Our Nathan. A head-turner.” BEAT Elijah’s mother smiled. “So you’ve noticed that Menachem has started bringing his daughter with him when he picks up his wineskins.”
“She’s a good girl.” BEAT
Elijah’s mother gave him a look of surprise.BEAT “Dear?”
“I asked a few friends in Jabesh.” BEAT
Edit this to be Neetz. BEAT “But our Nathan—how will she? That boy of mine’s so afraid of people. He’d be tough for any girl.”
Neetz “She’s not afraid of him. She’ll find a way. But here comes that boy of yours now.”
Nathan walked out of the vines and up to the well. He drew up a bucket and filled the cup. After he drank three cupfuls, he came up to the porch.
“dad, Mother. I need to return to Zarephath. We just finished transplanting the last of the baby vines. So the only dead vines that need replacing are those in the far west corner—about 40 vines. The babies we just started won’t be ready to move for another two months. Neetz? I need to see how the widow’s vines are doing. Teach them a few of the finer points of growing good grapes.” Neetz?
His dad squeezed his mother’s hand. “Right after we get Elijah and Milkah moved into their room, Son. I need both you boys to help me lay up the blocks and set the beams. You should go with me into Tishbe in the morning to talk with the stone cutter. So when you get back from the coast, you’ll have your old room back.”
Nathan nodded and went out to the wineroom.
Elijah’s mother put her husband’s hand into both hers. “When he comes back, it might be for only a day or two.”
Her husband smiled. “The professor’s daughter.”
1# Genesis 24:4
Birdsongs? Weather? Breezes? Flowers? Emotions? Monologues?
Show how, even if killing the Baal prophets did not turn Ahab to the Lord, it did make Jezebel pull in her horns and pull back her black tunics. Making it a little safer for Elijah to go home.
Elijah climbed up a canyon from the Yarmuk River and stood on the path from Jabesh to Tishbe. “Here we are, Nate. And we’re going home, not to the Kerith ravine.”
They trudged through Tishbe.
Nathan stopped in front of the carpenter’s house. “Looks so much better from down here than it did from the ridge.”
Next door, in the potter’s yard, Elijah peeked over the garden fence at Rocky on his knees in the melon patch. “The rain make your weeds grow?”
Rocky jumped to his feet. “Lijah! Nathan!” He ran over to the gate and into the yard. “You’re back!” He gave them each a hug.
Elijah stepped back and beamed at him. “Seen any black tunics today, Rocky?”
“None. They all melted away. We think the Syrians scared them off. And we’ve been drifting back in.” He pointed over the fence. “The melons are doing great, too, now that we’ve got some rain again.”
Nathan asked, “What about Mother and Sheerah?”
“They’re back. Last week. Came back together with my parents.” Rocky nodded to Elijah. “Milkah and her mother, too.”
Elijah BEAT. “So, have you declared your eternal devotion to our sister and asked our father to give her up?”
Rocky BEAT. “I’ve been working up my courage. Love your dad. But I get all weak in the knees.”
Elijah turned to Nathan. “Tell him about Neetz, Nathan.” Elijah BEAT.
Nathan’s eyes grew bright. He put his head down and then looked up toward the ridge. “She’s nice.” He turned back to Rocky. “Very nice. I’m going to marry her.”
Rocky BEAT. “Marry? You’re a mere child.” Rocky turned toward Elijah. “He’s too young to get married, right, Lijah?”
Elijah BEAT. “And guess where they’re going to live.”
Rocky’s eyes got big as….. “You’re bringing her home to Tishbe, right?”
Nathan shook his head. “The coast. Her father owns a vineyard. I’m his vintner.”
Rocky took half a step back and frowned. “A Hebrew? In Sidon?”
Nathan’s eyes sparkled again. “Levite, no less. A professor. Been there since King Solomon.”
Elijah laughed loud. “The last time you saw Nate, his beard was new. Then you heard him sending the black tunics to the swamps of Sidon. Well, we’ve been in Sidon for three years, Rocky. And my big brother found a choice lady.”
Nathan blushed. “The lady found me.”
“She did. He’s right.” Elijah BEAT. “Gonna leave you to your melons, Rocky. I want to go home.”
Dad says stay, Nathan, and help us repair the vineyard.
This war with Syria seems to distract the king’s men from their search for Elijah. The queen’s black shirts haven’t been around in a long time. But they’ll return. Caution. Get on with life. Mother and Sheerah are back from Uncle Hiram’s in Ramoth. Milkah has returned.
They bring Milkah home
They move Nathan to the wine room
Elijah shows Milkah the future quarry
Sheerah goes to Rocky’s house – Racham, the potter’s son
Long hours in the vineyard
Look for quarrying tools
Overheard – His father doesn’t need telling. Elijah’s not the first dreamer in this family, dear.
He asks Dad about Elijah’s house. I’ve got to go to Neetz. Milkah is showing. Don’t they need a house of their own? Of course, they can be like Isaac and live with mom and dad, but…
Dad tells him about the runaway horse.