Elijah at Mt. Carmel

By February 9, 2011Bible

The showdown between Elijah and the 450 prophets of Baal takes place in 1 Kings 18. The  story is that the Lord wanted Israel to choose either the LORD, with all their hearts, or to follow Baal or Asherah. They had wavered too long and the time had come to make a decision.  The showdown occurs by each side asking their god to answer their prayers by sending fire from heaven to destroy their alters.  After considerable amount of waiting and a bit of jeering on Elijah’s part, he asked the LORD,Yahweh, to send fire down from heaven to prove to Israel that he was indeed God. In a fantastic display of power, the LORD sends down a bolt of fire and completely destroys the alter and everything around it.

I wanted to capture just this moment of jaw dropping wonder, in the brilliant glow of fire from heaven. The piece seemed to work a bit better if I kept things rather simple with only the alter, the mount, and Elijah.

I’m excited to continue creating Biblical pieces that tell fantastic stories from the Bible.

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  • Rick says:

    Beauty! So glad I found your site and even happier to see you being inspired by the Bible for some pieces. I was thinking about an hour before I saw this (no kidding) that I would love to see someones depiction of Nehemiah 4. Blessings!

    • nicholas says:

      Hey Rick,
      Thanks so much for your kind words. I’m very excited to be illustrating some stories from the Bible. Stay tuned for future projects. Have a great one!

  • Stuart says:

    Hi Nicholas,

    Love this picture fella, really great!
    I have two quick questions… could I use your picture at our Youth Group as part of a sermon series on Superheros? The style is perfect for getting accross the message.
    I have a ‘picture’ inspiration that I think might be right up your street to create… biblical again, might just be for you ;0)
    Love your work matey, all the best.

  • I was so happy to see this artwork! I came to your site from a web search on Elijah and the priests of Baal and I like this drawing. I am writing a release for the audio demo of a song from a new musical “Old Testament Records”. The song tells the story of Elijah and the priests of Baal and is called “The Challenge”. I would love to include a like to your site and a view of this artwork. Is that something you’d be interested in? The song would eventually be saved here http://wandasieber.com/old-testament-records/ and your artwork would be in the blog post announcing it’s release. Great work! Love seeing the scriptures come to life! 🙂

  • […] … but there is also a great painting of this event  by Nicholas Jackson that can be viewed by clicking here:  http://www.nicholasjackson.net/2011/02/09/elijah-at-mt-carmel/ […]

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