Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying,
“What are you doing here, Elijah?”
This is reminiscent of God’s question of Genesis 3:9 – But the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?
This kind of question is perhaps not asked because God does not know the answer but because the one being questioned does not know the answer: “Where are you, Adam?” Adam’s answer should be a shocker for him to hear himself speak out loud: “I am hiding from the Lord God!!!”
So Elijah must answer for himself the question: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
We, too, must ask ourselves the same questions: “Where am I and what am I doing here?!” And we need to voice our answer so that we ourselves might hear it.
– Terry Dowdy
“Between the Lines” is excerpted from BibleWorkbench, a weekly resource for engaging the biblical story in a new way published by the Educational Center in Charlotte, NC. For details and subscription information, see About BibleWorkbench.