How old does Elijah seem to you when he hits King Ahab with “we will have neither dew nor rain unless I say so”? (1 Kings 17:1)
I had thought of him as old. Really 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”
Total reigns = 36 years
In the 9th Century, BC, most people died before their fiftieth birthday. Elijah needed an early start.
So, in chapter one, he’s an early teen with smooth cheeks.