Elijah at Passover

Did families in Elijah’s time hike to Jerusalem for the holidays?

Thank you, Sharon Gunneson Magoon.

I wondered if families who​ worshiped the Lord might have ​ignored Jeroboam’s new religion and hiked to Jerusalem ​for ​Passover, Shavuot or Sukkot. ​

(You remember how Jeroboam started his Golden Calf religion to keep people from visiting Jerusalem, right? — 1 Kings 12:25ff)

Sharon showed me 2 Chronicles 11:14. “…Levites even abandoned their pasturelands and property and came to Judah and Jerusalem.”

Exactly what I needed to know.

  1. Elijah’s family struggled against Moloch and Asherah. So, they might have traveled to Jerusalem for the holidays.
  2. Plus, I feel a little more confident about putting these words in the mouth of Hashabiah, the Levite in Zarephath. “…we still go home for the three holidays.”

Thank you, Sharon!

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