MemberFebruary 12, 2021 at 12:53 am
I’m not sure how much the text is explaining here. First it does say that he “fled for his life” rather than that he took a straight route to Horeb. He had earlier hid from Ahab for a number of years and Ahab had sent people to other kingdoms in search of Elijah. So, in any case he could have been trying to be evasive rather than take a direct route in such a way that Jezebel and or her assassins could have predicted. When he got to Beer-sheba he also ditched his servant and fled to the wilderness alone and prayed that he might die. Maybe he wasn’t at this stage heading for Horeb. The additional day journey into the wilderness also put more distance between Elijah anyone that he feared was searching for him.
Now at this point one could also ask, which location is a better match for a an additional 40 day journey to the mountain of God? Verse 40 that you just quoted says that he ate and, “He went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God.” Does that better match a location like Jabel (whatever the rest of the name is) or the nearer location?
Question: Deborah did you already know or hope that someone would or could bring up the point I just made?