We’re continuing the study of the Divided Kingdom in our local congregation in our auditorium class, using the text of 1 Kings. We have found this period to be one of not only the history of the kings but also there is much emphasis on prophetic activity. This is particularly true of the prophets Elijah and Elisha (the latter in 2 Kings).
During the reign of Ahab (Israel), God told Elijah, “Also you shall anoint Jehu the son of Nimshi as king over Israel. And Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel Meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place” (1 Kgs. 19:16).
Abel-Meholah is located in the Jordan Valley in Israel.
Though I saw Abel-meholah earlier this month, I’m sharing a photo I took in December 2009.
Such maps and photos provide the setting for the text of 1 Kings 19:16.