Elijah the ‘Tishbite’ to the ‘Man of God’

Certainly one of the greatest prophets recorded in the Word of God was Elijah. Interestingly, we are provided little on his upbringing, education, and profession. However, the first abrupt appearance of “Elijah” in the Bible hints at the manner of man this was.

1Kings 17:1 (KJV) And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead […]

Thus, Elijah was dropped into the scriptures suddenly, proclaiming only that he was “the Tishbite.” The significance of this is profound. It is a city never mentioned previously in the bible. There had yet been no note-worthy prophets, leaders, men, or women that had ever come from here. It is a city, where many theologians submit, that was full of laborers who were un-kept, leather skinned, hairy, and un-educated. Therefore, the expectation surrounding this “Tishbite,” Elijah, was poised to achieve an equal insignificance. Simply put, no-one would expect much out of this insignificant man, from an insignificant family, in an insignificant city.