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e Fire on e Wrong ide
The Miracle of Faith
By Yanki Tauber
 

And you shall come to the Levite priests, and to the judge who shall be in those days…. And you shall take heed to do according to all that they instruct you. According to the Torah that they shall teach you, and according to the judgment which they shall say to you, so shall you do; you shall not deviate from what they tell you, right or left
--
Deuteronomy 17:9-11

"Right or left"—even when he tells you that right is left and that left is right.
--
Rashi, ibid. verse 11

Some twenty-seven hundred years ago, one of the most dramatic events in Jewish history took place atop Mount Carmel in northern Israel.

The people of Israel were torn between their allegiance to G-d and the dominating Baal culture espoused by King Ahab and his queen, Jezebel. The prophet Elijah challenged Ahab and the “prophets” of the pagan gods Baal and Asherah to a contest before the entire nation. When all had assembled on the summit of Mount Carmel,

Elijah approached the entire nation and said to them: “How long will you go on wavering between both sides? If G-d is the L-rd, follow Him, and if Baal is, follow him.” And the people answered him not a word.

Said Elijah to the nation: “I alone remain a prophet of G-d, while the Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. Let there be given us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and butcher it and place it on the wood pile, and put no fire underneath. I will prepare the other bullock, lay it on the wood pile, and put no fire underneath.

“Call on your gods and I will call on G-d, and the one who shall answer with fire, he is the true G-d.” And the entire nation responded: “It is good [what you propose].”

... [The prophets of Baal] prepared their bullock. And they called upon Baal from morning till noon, saying, “Baal! Answer us!” But there was no voice, no response. And they pranced about the altar they had made…. And Elijah mocked them, saying, “Cry aloud, to this god of yours. Perhaps he is conversing, or meditating, or off on a trip; perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened….”

Come evening, Elijah the Prophet approached [G-d] and said: “G-d, the L-rd of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are G-d in Israel and I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word. Answer me, O G-d, answer me, so that this people may know that You are G-d, for it is You who has caused their hearts to turn away from You.”

And the fire of G-d fell, and consumed the offering, the wood, and the stones and earth [of the altar], and licked up the water that was in the trench. The entire nation saw, and fell upon their faces. And they said, “G-d is the L-rd! G-d is the Lord!” (I Kings 18:21-39.)

The Return of the Two Bullocks

Said Rabbi DovBer, the Maggid of Mezeritch:

Just prior to the coming of Moshiach, the contest of the “Two Bullocks” will again take place. Again, the people of Israel will be polarized between faith in G-d and the prevailing idols. Again, a lone prophet of G-d will challenge the many and the powerful. Again, a nation will await a sign from Above as to where to place their loyalty.

The showdown atop Mount Carmel will repeat itself, but with one significant difference: this time, the fire will fall on the side of the Baal.

This time, the prophet of G-d will be ignored, while a fire from heaven will endorse the prophets of Baal. This time, those who call upon the true G-d of Israel will be mocked and derided, as their cries go unheeded and their prayers unanswered.

Just prior to the coming of Moshiach, the Jewish people will face the greatest test of faith in history. Those who will persist with their faith in G-d and His prophets despite all, will merit to bring the complete and ultimate Redemption.

Posted on September 8, 2005
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