Why did Elijah cover his face with his robe when God was talking to him?


1 Kings 19:13

ESV - 13 And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?

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I just love how God did allow them to see His face when they were on the mount during the transfiguration of Jesus.

In John 14:9 Jesus said, "Anyone who has seen me, has seen the father." What an awesome revelation that the 2 prophets who had to cover their face got to see Jesus in the flesh. What a blessing for all of us to know, one day we will get to see His face as well!

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Img 5726 Leslie Coutinho

1 Kings 19:13: And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, "What doest thou here, Elijah?"

When Elijah ran for his life in fear after hearing the messengers sent by Jezebel, he went into the wilderness, and the angel of the Lord spoke to him to arise and eat, for his journey would be too big for him. He then went on a forty day’s journey to Mount Horeb and then lodged inside the cave up in the mountains and the Lord came unto him and spoke to him, “What doest thou here, Elijah?” And he spoke to the Lord that he was very jealous for the Lord God of hosts for the Israelites had forsaken the covenant of the Lord. (1Kings 19:7-10)

He was then told to go out of the cave and stand out on the mount before the Lord for He shall pass by. And the Lord passed by with a great strong wind and tore the mountains, and there was an earthquake and a fire, and the Lord was not in them. Elijah heard all that came to pass, and he then wrapped his face in his mantle and “then went out” and stood in the entering of the cave that was the “mount before the Lord.”

He heard the strong winds that tore the mountain and the earthquakes having the rocks broken into pieces with loud noise and the fire around the place of the cave. He then “set himself to be calm" and wrapped his face with his mantle, knowing the Lord stood before him. He was not afraid, and the Lord then sent him back again. (1 Kings 19:15) Just as the disciples who were in the boat with Lord Jesus, knowing that He was with them and was sleeping on the hinder part of the ship on a pillow, they came to Him and woke Him up in fear for they had no faith. The Lord rebuked the wind and said unto the sea, “Peace and be still,” and there was a great calm. (Mark 4:38-40)

Mark 4:40: And he said unto them, "Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?"

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