Posted by: The Simple Guy | November 16, 2014

Why the whisper?

1 Kings 19:12 (HCSB) 12 After the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was a voice, a soft whisper.

1 Kings 19:13 (HCSB) 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Suddenly, a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah? ”

Our teacher this week looked at 1 Kings 19 and the story of Elijah. I was struck by some things, and I need to look closer. I wanted to list some of the things I noticed partly so I can come back later and remember, and partly for your input. I would love it if some of you who stop by would de-lurk and put in your perspective if you have something to say!!!

In this story, Elijah is running from Jezebel after his stunning victory at Mt Carmel. He runs for his life into the wilderness and God sustains him. After an angel feeds him, he goes for 40 days and nights without food or water. He goes to Mt Horeb, hides in a cave, and God meets him there. God asks him what he is doing there and he complains.

Then there is a great wind, a great earthquake, and a great fire; but God is not in any of them. At this point a quiet whisper is heard, and God is in the whisper.

So the thing that struck me is this:
There are 3 men who went 40 days and nights without food in scripture. Moses, Elijah, and Jesus. Two of the three do so on the same mountain and meet God. The fire, earthquake, and wind happen both with Moses and Elijah. The quiet whisper is new.

Also, these are the three men on the mount of Christ’s tranfiguration.

These parallels are all to show us Christ, but what are we to see? I know there is a beautiful truth here, but I am not seeing it yet.

As I discussed this with my lovely wife, she mentioned that this conversation was very similar to God’s conversation with Job at the end of his trial, too.

I also wonder if Elijah in the cave is a parallel to Moses in the cleft of the rock.

Is the whisper a prophetic look at how Jesus the Messiah would come? Fully capable of the storm, earthquake, and fire (all pictures of the final judgment), but coming in peace and humility? A bridge of sorts between Sinai (Horeb) and Golgotha?

What are your thoughts?

The Simple Guy



  1. I’ve been thinking about this since I read it a while back and have been meaning to get back to it. I’ve never noticed the correlation between the mount of transfiguration and the 40 day fasting, or the whisper. One thing I thought of was that Jesus’s incarnation was a whisper. I know it is hard for us to see it as such now, living in a culture that had Jesus as its underpinnings for the last two millennial, but when you think of Jesus’ arrival in a small out of the way town on the east end of the Mediterranean , in the humblest of circumstances, and who lived his life, and was martyred, in relative obscurity outside of the Jewish community. And one must wonder how many of average Jewish people had paid much attention to him as were preoccupied with the market place. I know in our own time big, but not spectacular like 9/11, things happen that have the potential of changing the course of history and very few “men on the street” have a clue about it, or much else outside of their small circles for that matter.

    • Heather made a similar comment about the incarnation. I think you could be on tosomething there. Possibly also the tone of the first coming. Not the finger in the chest i deserve but more the foot washing i needed.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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